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Aaronn Avit Ajeng, Ph.D.

Researcher in Biology and Biochemistry

Dr. Aaronn Avit Ajeng is currently a Biologist at the Institute of Biological Sciences, Universiti Malaya. Born and raised in Miri, Sarawak, Aaronn obtained his Ph.D. from Universiti Malaya (UM) in the field of Biochemistry and Biology in 2.5 years. For his doctoral thesis, he bioengineered a carbon-based material, biochar with effective Bacillus consortium with response surface methodology (RSM) software and investigate the optimal conditions for microbial survival, as well tested its efficiency on the growth response of Elaeis guineensis and analyse the metabolite profiles through metabolomics. His invention has been filled for national patent/intellectual property protection. For his outstanding achievements, he has received several international awards from Human Life Advancement Foundation (HLAF) in 2022 and Rising Star Scientist from University of Nottingham in 2022. Outside of academia, he enjoys engaging with communities through creating meaningful contents on social platforms and public awareness programs.

Universiti Malaya

Ph.D. in Biology and Biochemistry

Universiti Malaya

B.Sc in Biotechnology

Matriculation Program

Pure Science Major

Research Manager

Faculty of Science, Universiti Malaya

Graduate Research Assistant

Faculty of Science, Universiti Malaya

Doctoral Internship

Institute of Systems Biology (INBIOSIS)

Biotechnology, bacteriology
Biological Engineering
Metabolomics, omics, metagenomics, Tandem Mass Spectrometry
Crop Cultivation


Awards Won






Scientific Reviewer



Exploring Kuching, Sarawak.

Kuching is one the main cities in Malaysia and it is the capital city of Sarawak (East Malaysia). Enriched with history, it also has a lot to offer especially to tourists who love nature and some adventures. Visiting Kuching excites me because I was there 3 years ago to complete my pre-university program in a college. However, I never really had the chance to explore the city back then.

Few days before departure, I received a Whatsapp message from Grace asking if I could come to Kuching to surprise one of our friends (Loveline) on her birthday. Apparently, she did text few other to join as well and I agreed to join the fun. I thought this would be a great opportunity to go around the city while having a good time with my friends.

Extends across the longest river in Sarawak, Sg. Rajang; Darul Hana bridge is definitely one of the newest attractions in Kuching which has changed the landscape of the waterfront. The creative architectural design which embodies the identity of the state, the rhinoceros bird or Burung Kenyalang. If you are afraid of height, then you would have no other choice but to travel across the river using the boats or by land because it can be quite shaky up on the bridge. The view is fantastic and it is something that you should not miss while you are on the visit.

If you are on a food hunt, make sure to visit Kuching around July till August every year because there will be a huge food festival being held. Located at Dewan Masyarakat along Jalan Padungan, the food ranges from tribal foods to modern street cuisines. Always keep an eye on your belongings or your kids as it is going to be crowded and packed. Tables are provided along the way too, so you can sit down and enjoy your food. Make sure to come with an emptied belly because amazing arrays of delicious foods await you!

Tasik Biru or Blue Lake located in Bau is definitely one of the coolest places you need to visit while you are in Kuching. You will be amazed by how clear and blue the water is. According to the locals. the lake used to be a gold mining site back in 1820s and swimming is not advised because of the heavy metals and chemicals such as Arsenic deposited in the lake. Paddle cycling, kayak and cruise are available upon request and the price is relatively affordable and substantial. Contact information is available in one of the photos below.

We went further up to Fairy Cave which was a few minutes drive from Tasik Biru. This was my first cave experience and I was stunned by how big and cool the cave was. Make sure you come and purchase your tickets before 5 pm. If you love climbing up caves, there are few other caves nearby other than Fairy Cave. But we were not able to visit all of them due to time limits. Suitable clothes might be not necessary but make sure you are wearing flat shoes as the trails can be slippery at times.

We also went to Lundu for a one night trip, It took us about an hour bus ride from Kuching Sentral and the ticket can be purchased at the available bus counters. The ticket was RM12 ($3 USD). The bus operates on a time limit and availability basis. Keep track with the operation time or you will miss the bus. The highlights of this trip were the beaches and the foods. Few minutes drive from Lundu is a small town called Sematan which has some of the best beaches in Sarawak. We get to visit some of the beaches around the town.

Pugu beach, Kampung Pugu

Pandan beach

The food in Lundu was great and beyond substantial. I loved how generous they were with the ingredients. If you are in Lundu town, do not forget to try out the street food especially the pork satays. It was highly recommended by the locals.

That is it! You have reached the end of this post. These are just some of the places that I managed to visit during my visit to Kuching. There are a lot more to discover but I'll keep those in the list. Thank you for reading and please subscribe to my mailing list to get instant updates and promotions delivered to your emails. Adios!

Lulusan diploma Uitm/Politeknik/asasi universiti layak sambung pengajian ke UK (?)

Hi semua, kebelakangan ini saya mendapat banyak email dan DM instagram daripada pembaca blog mengenai pengajian ke luar negara terutamanya UK. Salah satu soalan yang paling selalu saya dapat ialah "Abang, lepasan diploma UiTM layak ke untuk mohon ke UK?" "Dapat tak apply ke UK guna keputusan diploma politeknik?". Jawapan kepada persoalan tersebut ialah, ya anda layak untuk mohon ke UK dalam bidang ijazah sarjana muda yang ditawarkan. Yeay!

Dalam blog post saya yang sebelum ni, terdapat beberapa pembaca tanya hal yang sama namun saya tidak mampu memberikan jawapan yang tepat sebab saya belum lagi buat research mengenai hal tersebut. Yang saya pasti terdapat beberapa universiti di UK yang mengiktiraf pelajar lepasan matrikulasi. Begitu juga dengan pelajar lepasan diploma UiTM dan politeknik.

Salah satu universiti yang menerima pelajar lepasan diploma UiTM adalah University of Sheffield. Universiti ni familiar dengan sistem education Malaysia that's why mereka lebih terbuka. Namun, pelajar lepasan diploma daripada UiTM haruslah mendapat CGPA 3.40 ke atas untuk layak memohon pengajian tahun pertama dalam ijazah sarjana muda. Jika dipersetujui oleh pihak kemasukan universiti tersebut, anda mungkin akan "jump" kepada pengajian tahun kedua. 

Begitu juga lepasan diploma politeknik Malaysia, anda layak untuk mohon ke universiti ini dalam pengajian tahun pertama ijazah sarjana muda. Namun, CGPA anda kena above 3.00 kot, better above 3.30. 

Peringatan: Tidak semua universiti ini offer bidang yang anda nak apply. Terutamanya bidang perubatan, pergigian, veterinar, farmasi dan undang-undang. Sila semak betul-betul bidang-bidang yang anda nak mohon. Ada sesetengah universiti yang tidak offer bidang-bidang ni, even kepada pelajar lulusan STPM contohnya Queen Mary University of London. 

Namun, University of Sheffield ada menawarkan bidang perubatan dan pergigian bagi pelajar Malaysia yang memenuhi syarat kemasukan. Anda kena duduk aptitude test dulu (UKCAT) dan test ni anda boleh register dalam Malaysia. Click di sini untuk info lebih lanjut: http://www.ukcat.ac.uk/home/

Selain University of Sheffield, terdapat beberapa yang iktiraf pelajar lepasan diploma dan asasi daripada Malaysia ni. List of universiti tersebut akan saya letak di bawah dan akan diupdate dari semasa ke semasa. Jadi, tunggu apa lagi? Apply lah ke UK sekarang. Semoga berjaya semua!

Universiti yang ikitiraf lulusan diploma UiTM:

Universiti yang iktiraf diploma politeknik Malaysia:

Universiti yang ikitiraf lulusan asasi universiti (recognised pre-university foundations):
University of Lincoln: https://www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/studywithus/internationalstudents/entryrequirementsandyourcountry/malaysia/

Kebanyakan universiti seperti Manchester dan Birmingham, tidak menyatakan secara spesifik yang mereka terima diploma daripada UiTM dan politeknik, namun mereka hanya menyatakan sijil diploma yang ada akreditasi daripada Malaysia. Diploma daripada college yang lain boleh dipertimbangkan, anda kena email dahulu semua sijil kelayakan korang kepada mereka untuk dipertimbangkan. Setakat ini je list universiti yang mampu saya korek, korang kena rajin sikit buat research okay. Goodluck!

Sila email atau komen jika ada soalan. Saya akan cuba bantu.

I lost a best friend

What being forced to take a photo looks like. 😂 This was taken in Long Bedian, my dad's hometown. But, who would've ever thought that it was going to be my last photo with my big sister (my right in the photo). 

She died at the age of 7. I was still 5. There was an event that took place in kampung and my parents and two of my sisters in the photo went back for it. I was left with my grandmother in town. 

But, it turned into a tragedy when she was found drowned by the villagers. I was not told exactly what happened before the incident, but mom told me that she had already warned them not to get close to river by themselves.

But as a little kid, we all tend to have this curiosity and stubbornness in us. Like you mati mati nak benda tu. So, she went to the waters by herself without my parents knowing. She was probably playing by the shore and slipped into river. We all did not know how it happened. Imagining how helpless she was in the deep waters just breaks my heart into pieces.

All I could remember was the sound of grief and mourns that filled the air one morning. I had a lot to digest and I was too young to understand what is death. It made me unable to shed any tears in front of her dead body. Years and years later, the memories of her came in pieces and that had me in tears most of the time even until the today.

Unknowingly, I lost my very first best friend. She was the one who first thought me about life. She was there to witness my first word and my first walk. Though I was young when she died, I knew I was deeply loved by her. I hope she tells God everyday how much she loves me and misses our family.   

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