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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.


Prof. Dr. Murali Naidu

Head of Department

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. Semester 1 Basic Anatomy (MIX1001) for Bachelor of Biomedical Science.


1. Master in Clinical

  1. Master in Medical Science ENT.
  2. Master in Medical Science Orthopaedic Surgery.
  3. Master in Medical Science General Surgery.
  4. Master in Clinical & Dental Surgery.

2. Postgraduate Programmes by research

  1. Master in 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) etc. The main research areas in the department are reproductive biology, toxicology, neuroscience and natural product. 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, 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.

  • Animal Surgery Room
  • Tissue Processing Machine
  • Tissue Embedding Machine
  • Microtome & Cryostat
  • Fluorescent Microscope with Advance Nikon Image Analyzer.

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 normadiah@ummc.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 junedah@ummc.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 pamela@ummc.edu.my Nerve-Muscle Development /Toxicity
Effects of natural products on the nervous system.
Enteric nervous system & Gut Barrier
Wong Kah Hui wkahhui@um.edu.my wkahhui@ummc.edu.my Medicinal properties of culinary and medicinal mushrooms
Snehlata Prashant Samberkar snehlata@um.edu.my Neuroprotective and Neuroregenerative effects of lignosus rhinocerotis on retinal ganglion cells.
Role of tissue biomarker carbonic anhydrase IX (CAIX) in the outcome of Renal cell carcinoma cases seen in UMMC from 2005-2017.
Noor Eliza binti Hashim nooreliza@um.edu.my Reproductive system
Natural product research
Siti Rosmani Binti Md Zin @ Zakaria siti_rosmani@um.edu.my Natural Product Research
Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals
Female Reproductive System
Factors that Influence Prenatal Development
Rasheeda Binti Mohd Zamin sheeda_zamin@um.edu.my Anatomy Education Environment Inventory (AEEMI)
Cardiovascular imaging and research
Reproductive system and metabolic diseases
Immunological and cellular studies
Intan Suhana Binti Zulkafli intansuhanazulkafli@um.edu.my Reproductive medicine/ Biology, Foetal programming, Metabolic syndrome, Developmental origins of adult diseases (DoHAD), Renal cell carcinoma, Cardiovascular diseases
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.

Makmal Anatomi Manusia

Body Donation

Please contact 03-79674735 for any inquiry regarding body donation.

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: 13/02/2020