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The Department of Physiology is one of the oldest pre-clinical departments in the Medical Faculty, University of Malaya. It is housed on the 5th Floor of Block C Building situated adjacent to the Office of the Dean, Faculty of Medicine.

The Department currently comprises of 12 academic staff assisted by 12 support staff.

Staff of the Department of Physiology in June 2018

Although small, the Department is actively involved in teaching and research in the field of Physiology. The primary mission of the Department is to prepare students with an excellent foundation in human physiology so as to enable them to succeed in their chosen endeavors may it be medicine or any allied health sciences.

In addition to teaching and research, the department is involved in expanding innovative methods in teaching and learning of Physiology, including the initiation of the Inter-Medical School Physiology Quiz (IMSPQ). The 1st inaugural IMSPQ in 2003 began with just 7 National Medical Schools competing for the Prof A. Raman Challenge Trophy in memory of our first Malaysian Professor of Physiology. The IMSPQ has since generated immense interest in the Asian region and beyond. The IMSPQ is now a major global event in the medical landscape and has attracted medical students from 99 medical schools from 24 nations to the 16th IMSPQ in 2018. The IMSPQ has also initiated a Physiology Refresher course for accompanying academic staff beginning at the 12th IMSPQ in 2014 to provide the latest physiological updates on various topics of interest. Beyond the exciting and intellectually stimulating competition, the Physiology Quiz event has served as an invaluable gathering for academic friendship and exchange of ideas among the students and staff.


Our vision is to be the Centre of Excellence for learning and quality research in the field of Physiology and to provide support to the Faculty of Medicine to be a world-renowned center for innovative and quality healthcare, research and learning.


Our mission is to produce graduates with a solid foundation in physiology.


The Department of Physiology was among the first to be established in 1963 in the fledgling Faculty of Medicine, with an initial strength of 5 academic staff headed by Prof G. Barber-Riley from Liverpool and followed by the Americans Prof Gordon Ring and Prof Arthur Brown. The first Malaysian Physiology professor, Prof A. Raman, was appointed as the head of department in 1971 until his death in 1998. Prof Ruby Husain took over the role of the head of department from February 1998 to August 2018. The current head of department is Dr Hoe See Ziau.

Prof G. Barber-Riley

HOD of 1963 - 1965

Prof Arthur Brown

HOD of 1965 - 1967; 1969 - 1971

Prof Gordon Ring

HOD of 1967 - 1969

Prof A. Raman

HOD of 1971 to 1998

Prof Ruby Husain

HOD of 1998 to 2018

Staff of the Department of Physiology in 1987

Since its operations began in 1963, it had provided instruction and helped to lay the foundation of medical and physiological knowledge to numerous generations of undergraduate students from Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS), Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS), Biomedical Sciences, Nursing Science and Biomedical Imaging. In addition, the department is also involved in teaching postgraduate courses in the Clinical Masters program for different specialties in particular general surgery, orthopaedic surgery, ENT and medical physics. The first mixed-mode post-graduate program in Master of Medical Science (Physiology) was offered by the department in 2007. Besides masters by mixed mode, the department also run Masters program by research and dissertation and PhD.

In addition to teaching, the staff is actively engaged in research in various physiology-related fields.


Assoc. Prof. Dr. Hoe See Ziau

Head of Department

Bil Salutation Name Email Phone
1 Professor Dr. Ruby Husain ruby@um.edu.my 03-79474907
2 Professor Dr. Cheng Hwee Ming chenghm@um.edu.my 03-79674920
1 Assoc. Prof. Dr. Naguib Bin Salleh naguibsalleh@um.edu.my 03-79477532
2 Assoc. Prof. Dr. Hoe See Ziau hoesz@um.edu.my 03-79674919
1 Dr. Kumar a/l Seluakumaran kumarselvakumaran@um.edu.my 03-79674918
2 Dr. Raja Elina Afzan Binti Raja Ahmad rajaelinaafzan@um.edu.my 03-79674922
3 Dr. Kyaimon Myint kyaimon@um.edu.my 03-79673149
4 Dr. Hong Yet Hoi yhhong0530@um.edu.my 03-79674739
5 Dr. Lit Lei Cheng lleicheng@um.edu.my 03-79674925
6 Dr. Giribabu Nelli nelli.giribabu@um.edu.my 03-79674921
7 Dr. Felicita Fedelis a/p Jusof felicita.gereis@um.edu.my 03-79674740
8 Dr. Maziah binti Mat Rosly maziahmr@um.edu.my 03-79674924
Bil Salutation Name Email Phone
1 Mr. Nazari bin Sharif nazarisharif@um.edu.my 03-79674736
2 Mrs. Wee Lan See lancywee@um.edu.my 03-79674736
3 Mrs. Siti Noor Rabiatulmadia binti Malek Razuan mianaifie@um.edu.my 03-79674736
1 Mrs. Nor Arbakyah binti Abu Bakar arbakyah@um.edu.my 03-79674736
2 Mrs. Norlida binti Zolkiply lidazy@um.edu.my 03-79674736
3 Mrs. Suriani binti Zakaria nurkasih@um.edu.my 03-79674736
4 Mrs. Norhaziyah binti Mohamad Shari norhaziyah@um.edu.my 03-79674736
5 Mrs. Khafizan binti Ab Jalil khafizan@um.edu.my 03-79674736
6 Mrs. Nur Izzah Adha binti Mohd Halid izzah_harin@um.edu.my 03-79674736
1 Mrs. Nor Zuhaila binti Mohamad Nor nzuhailamn@um.edu.my 03-79674907
1 Mr. Mohd Najib bin Kamaruddin najibkamaruddin@um.edu.my 03-79674736
2 Mr. Sazuan Amni bin Asfindi sazuanamni@um.edu.my 03-79674736
Academic Programme
Programme offered by the Department of Physiology: Undergraduate programmes taught by the Department of Physiology:
  • Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery 
  • Bachelor of Dental Surgery 
  • Bachelor of Biomedical Sciences
Postgraduate programmes taught by the Department of Physiology:
  • Basic Physiology for Clinical Masters
  • Master of Medical Physics
  • Master of Medical Science (MMedSc) by research
  • Master of Medical Science (MPhysiology) by mixed mode
  • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) by research

In addition to teaching, the staff is actively engaged in research.

No Lecturer Areas of Expertise
1 Prof. Dr. Ruby Husain
  • Exercise Physiology
  • Physiology of Fasting
2 Prof. Dr. Cheng Hwee Ming
  • Humeral Immunology (Antigenic Epitopes, Natural Physiologic Antibodies)
  • Free Radical Scavenging and Antioxidant Properties of Plants
  • Tumour Immunology (Serology of Epstein Barr Virus Immunogenic Antigens)
  • Medical Education (Understanding Integration and Misconceptions in Learning Physiology, Author of 16 Physiology Learning Books)
3 Associate Prof. Dr. Naguib Bin Salleh
  • Endocrine and Reproductive Physiology (Effect of Sex-steroids and environmental compounds on the male and female reproductive functions)
  • Elucidating the Potential benefits of herbs in overcoming complications related to diabetes mellitus
4 Dr. Kumar A/L Seluakumaran
  • Mechanism of auditory attention
  • Hearing Conservation (Hearing loss in young adults)
  • Auditory Efferents, Tinnitus
5 Dr. Raja Elina Afzan Binti Raja Ahmad
  • Regenerative Medicine (musculoskeletal)
  • Medical and Health Sciences (Mesenchymal Stem Cell, Tissue Engineering, Muscle, cartilage, bone)
  • Exercise Physiology, Maximal Oxygen Consumption (VO2max); Skeletal Muscle Function
6 Associate Prof. Dr. Hoe See Ziau
  • Acute and chronic effects of various substances, including those from the natural products, on the cardiovascular system
  • Influence of lifestyle factors such as a high-salt diet on the development and/or maintenance of neurogenic hypertension
  • Gender and Cardiovascular Diseases
  • Cytokine and Neuroprotective Marker Changes in Physiological Stress
7 Dr. Kyaimon Myint
  • Neuro-immuno-endocrinology
  • Medical Education
8 Dr. Hong Yet Hoi
  • Skeletal muscle glucose uptake
  • Insulin resistance
  • LRRK2 inhibitor
9 Dr.Felicita Fedelis A/P Jusof
  • Cellular Immunology (Tryptophan metabolism, Kynurenine pathway and Inflammation;
  • Psychosocial impact of exergaming amongst wheelchair-bound individuals
  • Physiology education in Medical and Dental School
10 Dr. Giribabu Nelli
  • Animal Physiology
  • Male And Female Reproductive Physiology (Fertility, implantation, Sex-steroids)
  • Diabetes and their Complications (Natural Products Research)
11 Dr. Lit Lei Cheng
  • Cancer biology
  • Cell signalling (kinases)
  • Cellular immunology (NK cells; Antibody production - hybridoma)
12 Dr. Maziah binti Mat Rosly
  • Exergaming, Artificial Intelligence
  • Serious Games For Health And Education
  • Sports Physiology (Psychophysiology, Epidemiology)
  • Human Movement Kinematics And Kinesiology (Robotics, Exergaming And Physical Activities)

Satellite Animal Facility

As one of the satellite animal laboratories of the Animal Experimental Unit (AEU) of the Faculty of Medicine, it provides open-cage housing of experimental rats and mice for researchers within and outside the faculty.

Future Plan

The Department of Physiology will continuously strive to improve the educational impact of learning physiology for undergraduate and postgraduate students of the Faculty of Medicine so as to make the subject a memorable experience for life. In addition, research in the department will be actively pursued.

Last Updated: 07/01/2020