Professor Dr Hajah Zohrah Haji Sulaiman began her career as a school teacher in 1988. A year later, she joined Universiti Brunei Darussalam (UBD). She obtained PhD (Genetics) from the University of Southampton (United Kingdom) in 1994. Professor Dr Hajah Zohrah was Deputy Vice-Chancellor at UBD when she joined Universiti Teknologi Brunei (formerly known as Institut Teknologi Brunei) as acting Vice Chancellor in November 2012. She is spearheading the transformation agenda of Universiti Teknologi Brunei (UTB), to be amongst the best 10 Universities of Engineering and Technology in Southeast Asia by 2018. The Vision of which was preceded in 2017 when UTB ranked 9 among universities of Engineering of Technology in Southeast Asia. This makes UTB the youngest university, below 10 years of age, to be entered into the QS Asia University Rankings within the top 165. UTB also debuted in the QS Star Rating, attaining 4 stars overall after scoring five full stars in six out of seven categories (Teaching, Employability, Internationalisation, Facilities, Social Responsibility, and Inclusiveness).
She was accorded the ASAIHL Fellow in 1996, the national nominee for the ASEAN Young Scientist and Technologist Award in 1998 and sat on various committees of ASEAN Committee on Science and Technology (ASEAN-COST in short) including as Chairman of the Advisory Board on ASEAN Plan of Action for Science and Technology (2006-2008), Chair (2011-2014) and national focal point (2002-2014) of the ASEAN-COST Sub-Committee on Biotechnology. In recognition of her contribution to ASEAN-COST, Professor Dr Hajah Zohrah was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal of ASEAN Science and Technology in July 2008. She is also a founding member of Asian Society of Ichthyologists (2014-). She serves as member of several national committees including Brunei Research Council, BDTVEC Council, National Accreditation Council and Knowledge Convention (Majlis Ilmu).
She had the opportunity to attend Senior Executive Fellow programme at Harvard Kennedy School (Harvard University, Boston) for 4 weeks in 2010 and WISE programme for Education Leadership, sponsored by Qatar Foundation in 2013.
Professor Dr Hajah Zohrah received Pingat Indah Kerja Baik (PIKB) during the 54th birthday of His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam in 2001, Bintang Darjah Setia Negara Brunei Yang Amat Bahagia Darjah ke-Empat (PSB) during the 60th birthday of His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam in 2006, Bintang Seri Mahkota Brunei Darjah Ketiga (SMB) during the 65th birthday of His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam in 2011 and Bintang Darjah Setia Negara Brunei Yang Amat Bahagia Darjah Ketiga (SNB) during the 71st birthday of His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam in 2017.
Her research interests are on biodiversity, aquaculture, molecular phylogeny and biogeography of fishes. In 2006, she discovered 3 new Gastromyzon fishes (Gastromyzon aeroides, Gastromyzon cranbrooki and Gastromyzon venustus) in Temburong river with her co-researcher from National University of Singapore. She filed two patents involving biodiesel production from paddy with her PhD student. She taught genetics, population genetics and molecular genetics to UBD’s students from 1994-2013 and is now an adjunct academic staff at UBD since 2014.
She is married to Dr Haji Kassim Haji Daud and blessed with a son.