Professor Datuk Dr. A Rahman A Jamal is a professor of paediatric haematology and oncology and molecular biology at the Faculty of Medicine, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia. He is currently the Pro Vice Chancellor of the UKM’s Kuala Lumpur Campus. He was the founding director (2003-2017) and now a senior principal research fellow of the UKM Medical Molecular Biology Institute (UMBI). He is the project leader for The Malaysian Cohort and the custodian for the Cohort Biobank, which is the largest in South-East Asia. He is also the project director for the UKM Specialist Children’s Hospital. His research interests include molecular biology of cancers, non-communicable diseases other than cancers, cohort studies, and microgravity science.
He has over 140 indexed publications in national and international publications. One of his latest projects is The Cancer Genome Atlas Malaysia; a project which involves whole genome sequencing, proteomics and metabolomics analyses on colorectal cancers. Professor Datuk Dr A Rahman is the chairman of National Stem Cell Committee for Ethics in Research and Therapy, which is an oversight committee under the Ministry of Health. He is also in the steering committee for the Thalassaemia Control Programme under the Ministry of Health. He is also a member of the National Clinical Trials Committee under the Ministry of Health. He is also a fellow of the Academy Sciences of Malaysia.
At the international arena, he is a member of the Asia Cohort Consortium, and most recently have been appointed as a member of the UK Welcome Trust Committee for Longitudinal Population Studies.
He has given more than 170 invited lectures at local and international conferences including plenary and keynote lectures.