About Aaronn Avit Ajeng


About Aaronn Avit Ajeng



Aaronn Avit Ajeng is a doctoral student at Universiti Malaya (UM). He is a highly motivated student researcher with a second-upper class honor bachelor degree in Biotechnology from UM. 

In 2019, he was nominated for a Japan Science and Technology (JST) travel grant worth 180,000 yen by Prof. Dr. Ling Tau Chuan, whom supervised his undergraduate project, for a mobility programme in Osaka University, Japan, focusing on Bioprocess engineering. He also received extensive training in Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine at Tissue Engineering Centre (TEC) Pusat Perubatan Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (PPUKM) and National Orthopaedic Center of Excellence for Research & Learning (NOCERAL), Faculty of Medicine, Universiti Malaya (UM) before registering as a Ph.D. student in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at Faculty of Science, UM. 

He develops an organic fertilizer composed of Bacillus consortium loaded on palm kernel shell biochar that is optimised using response surface methodology (RSM) with the addition of a locally sourced natural polymer to enhance the bioformulation and tests it on oil palm seedlings to determine its efficiency in terms of growth performance and plant stress responses on infertile soils. He is also working on patenting his product. He is scheduled to defend his candidature in August 2022 and submit his doctoral thesis in August 2022. 

Within the first two years of his Ph.D. programme, he successfully published four articles as the first author and three articles as a co-author in ISI-indexed journals. Aaronn was able to present his findings at a number of local and international conferences, as well as to communities through knowledge transfer programmes. He also completes an attachment as a Ph.D. student at the Institute of Systems Biology, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia in 2022, where he was intensively trained in the field of metabolomics under Assoc. Prof. Dr. Syarul Nataqain Baharum.

Educational Qualifications:

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Universiti Malaya (2020 - 2022)

Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.)  in Biotechnology 
Universiti Malaya (2016 - 2019)

Foundation of Science 
Sarawak Matriculation College (2014 - 2015)

Research interests: 

Biotechnology, Metabolomics, Microbiology, Bacteriology, Biochar, Biochemistry, Molecular Biology

Awards and Recognitions:

- Gold Award (Agriculture, livestock & horticulture, aquaculture and fisheries) –  Malaysia Technology Expo 2020, Biorenewable resource biochar kiln. 
- Republic of Croatia International Award of Merit – The Malaysia – Croatia Technology Exchange 2020.
- Malaysia Website Awards (MWA) 2020 – Nominee for Site of The Month (Personal  Category)

Travel Grant Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST) – Sakura Science  (Osaka University)

Dean’s list award (Semester II 17/18) - Universiti Malaya 

Dean’s list award (Semester II 16/17) - Universiti Malaya 

Undergraduate Study Grant/Bursary – Yayasan Sime Darby.

Award of Excellence (Semester i and II session 2014/15), Kolej Matrikulasi Sarawak.

Award of Recognition -  Curtin University, Sarawak Campus.

Award of Excellence (PMR) - Yayasan Sarawak & Yayasan Dayak