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Anatomy Department

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The Department of Anatomy was formed in 1963 and catered to the pioneer class of 64 medical students entering the newly–formed Faculty of Medicine in the University of Malaya in May 1964. In 1965, foundation Professor W. Pallie headed the Department of Anatomy with a total complement of 4 academic staff members. Ever since its inception, the Department has strived to elucidate the study and organization of the human body whilst correlating with it’s function. In addition, there has been a strong emphasis on clinically relevant anatomy of the human body as an integral part of the undergraduate medical program leading to the Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (M.B.B.S.) degree.

By 1972, the Department was also involved in training the first batch of 32 dental students from the Faculty of Dentistry as part of their Bachelor of Dental Surgery (B.D.S.) degree program. Subsequently, the Department has conducted Anatomy courses for several other undergraduate programs including the Bachelor of Biomedical Science, Bachelor of Nursing, Bachelor of Pharmacy and Biomedical Engineering as well as diploma programs in Radiography and Medical Laboratory Technology.

From the early 1970’s, the Department became responsible for conducting postgraduate anatomy courses in preparation for Fellowship and Membership exams held by the various Royal Colleges of the U.K. and Australia . In addition, since the commencement of local 4-year postgraduate masters training programs in medical and surgical specialities, Anatomy teaching has played a key role in the Basic Science Module. The department also offers the Master in Medical Science (Anatomy) (M. Med. Sc [Anatomy]) as well as the Doctorate in Philosophy (PhD) programs to train anatomists. Over the years, the Department has seen the development of a variety of research projects by academic staff and generated considerable publication output.

Academic Programme

Currently The Department of Anatomy serves the following academic programmes:-

1. Stage I and II Basic Clinical Science blocks  for University Malaya Medical Programme(UMMP) of Bachelor of Medicine & Surgery (MBBS)

2. Year 1 Human Anatomy (DAED 1101) for Bachelor of Dentistry (BDS)

3. Year 1 Foundational Anatomy (MBEB1101) for Bachelor of Biomedicine

4. Year 1 Basic Anatomy (MWEF1111) Bachelor of Pharmacy

5. Basic Medical Science (BMS) Post-graduate Clinical Programme & Dentistry


The above programme offered by the Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry includes the subject ofAnatomy as a major component in its basic medical/clinical science block.

The Department also offers post-graduate courses by research work as follows:-

1. Master Medical Science (Anatomy)

2. Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)


The Department is presently involved in a number of research activities funded by the University (University Malaya Research Grant, UMRG), Fundamental Research Grant Scheme (FRGS) by Ministry Of Education and SciFund from Ministry of Science Technology and Innovation (MOSTI). The main research areas in the department are endocrinology and neuroscience. Besides that, research on natural products and medicinal mushrooms are also actively running.

Research Facilities

The Department is equipped with facilities and equipment for routine laboratory procedures (including light microscopy, histochemistry and immunochemistry) through two central histology laboratories, a chemical room, an audiovisual/photography room and a well-equipped animal surgery suite for experimental animal research. In addition, individual researchers have their own laboratory facilities and are free to collaborate externally to carry out specialized work as necessary.

Department Research Interests

Please contact individual researchers listed below for more information:-
 Researcher  Contact e-mail  Research interests/ field
Normadiah M. Kassim normadiah_mk@um.edu.my
Factors regulating testicular descent.
Effects of endocrine disrupting chemicals on health.
Potential protective effects of natural products on health.
Junedah Sanusi junedah@um.edu.my
Role of supplements in injury and disease of neuromuscular system.
Effects of palm ViteE on fetal development.
Factors affecting development and maturation of motoneurones and muscles.
Murali D.K. Naidu murali_naidu@um.edu.my Peripheral nerve regeneration
Brain repair.
Craniofacial morphometry.
Rosie Pamela David rosiepamela@um.edu.my
Nerve-Muscle Development.
Effects of Mushroom on the Nervous system.
Wong Kah Hui wkahhui@um.edu.my Peripheral Nerve Regeneration and Repair.
Blood Nerve Barrier.
Culinary and Medicinal Mushrooms.
Sheikh Muhammad Abu Bakar bakarkachuai@um.edu.my Comparison of macroscopic anatomy of vermiform appendix between normal appendix and inflamed appendix among Malaysian population and its significance.
Snehlata Prashant Samberkar snehlata@um.edu.my Neuroprotective and Neuroregenerative effects of lignosus rhinocerotis on retinal ganglion cells.

Teaching Facilities

Dissection Hall

This key facility run by the Department of Anatomy comprises a 2-level fully air-conditioned complex including student teaching area (for up to 250 students), dissection/ prosection preparation areas and a modern plastination laboratory annex.

Multidisciplinary Laboratories

Histology practicals are conducted in 10 multidisciplinary laboratories housed in the MD I Complex at the Faculty of Medicine. Students have dedicated work areas in these laboratories with personal microscopes and in-house histology slide boxes with instruction from comprehensive practical manuals. An integrated multimedia/ use of audiovisual system has been implemented to offer centralised and simultaneous transmission of histology teaching to all labs.

Anatomy Resource Centre (ARC)

The Anatomy Resource Centre is a central resource facility built in 2001 for undergraduate and postgraduate students at the Medical Faculty. The centre has been designed to highlight clinically relevant anatomy and stimulate active learning in students in a pleasant conducive environment. Features include potted/plastinated cadaveric specimens, posters, models, diagnostic images and clinical scenarios. Other highlights are multimedia activity stations with computers for reviewing anatomy software, monitors for videotapes and a small group teaching area. The ARC also plays a vital role in educating numerous public visitors about the importance of anatomy in clinical medicine.

Please fill up the form and send it through fax (03-79674724) or email atmurali_naidu@um.edu.my . Call 03-79674735 for more inquiry.

Future Plan

The department of Anatomy will strive to continually improve teaching of clinically-based anatomy both to undergraduate and postgraduate students of the Faculty of Medicine. In addition, research in the anatomical and related biomedical sciences will be further encouraged and actively promoted.

Last Updated: 11/04/2019