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Dr. Aaronn Avit Ajeng

Postdoctoral Researcher
  • Email aaronnavit@um.edu.my
  • AffiliationUniversiti Malaya (UM)
  • ExpertiseBiology and Biochemistry
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About Me

Dr. Aaronn Avit Ajeng is a researcher in Biology and Biochemistry from the Institute of Biological Sciences, Faculty of Science, Universiti Malaya (UM), Malaysia. He received his Ph.D. in Biology and Biochemistry from UM at the age of 27. He also holds a second upper class Bachelor of Science in Biotechnology (hons) from the same university. He specializes in plant systems biology (metabolomics) where his research looks into the expression of plant metabolites and their physiological responses to environmental stressors or factors. He has received extensive training in plants and cancer systems biology for his pre-doctoral program from the Institute of Systems Biology (INBIOSIS) Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM). Dr. Ajeng’s interdisciplinary expertise also spans bioengineering and applied microbiology, with additional experience in tissue engineering (stem cells) and regenerative medicine.

With over 6 years in academia, he has led research in plants systems and physiology and sustainability, supervised undergraduate and graduate research, and published over 19 papers, including 12 in Scopus-indexed journals and 2 in Top 10% journals. He also has presented his findings at both local and international conferences. His doctoral work, BacChar™, a trademarked and patented fertilizer innovation in Malaysia, has received multiple recognitions, including ITEX 2024 Gold and Special Awards (Best Innovator), the Malaysian Society of Soil Science (MSSS) Best PhD Thesis 2024, the Human Life Advancement Foundation (HLAF) Award, and he was awarded the Rising Star Scientist Award in 2022 from University of Nottingham for his early commitment and excellence in academic research.

He excels in designing and executing complex experiments, analyzing data, and collaborating with interdisciplinary teams and stakeholders. Committed to advancing scientific innovation, Dr Ajeng is eager to contribute his skills and knowledge to a dynamic research environment, driving impactful interdisciplinary projects and exploring new scientific avenues.

Research Interests

Molecular Biology (Metabolomics)

Metabolomics is an emerging field and is broadly defined as the comprehensive measurement of all metabolites and low-molecular-weight molecules in a biological specimen.

Applied Microbiology

The study of the microbial world and the way it interacts with our own. It looks at how we can harness and utilize the powers of the microbes for biotechnological applications.


Application of engineering principles to improve disease prevention and treatment, agricultural production, energy sustainability, and more.


A multidisciplinary field that involves the integration of natural sciences and engineering sciences in order to achieve the application of organisms, cells, parts thereof and molecular analogues for products and services.