My name is Mohd Izwan Bin Zainol. I obtained my Bachelor's Degree in Biomedical Science from the University of Malaya in 2009. My research journey started when I work as a research assistant at the Honey Analysis Laboratory, University of Malaya. I was then awarded a teaching assistant fellowship to pursue a Master's Degree in Medical Science. I worked at the Centre of Excellence for Research in Aids (CERiA) as a laboratory manager before pursuing my doctoral degree. I enrolled in a Ph.D. program at Nara Institute of Science and Technology, Japan, under the Monbukagakusho (MEXT) scholarship, and received my doctoral degree in 2019. Subsequently, I worked as a postdoctoral research fellow at the Department of Medical Microbiology, University of Malaya.
As a molecular biologist, my research focuses on diagnostic microbiology and immunopathology of infectious diseases. I am also interested in analyzing the biopotential of natural products and their bioactive compounds. Alongside tertiary education teaching experience, my interest is also rooted within informal education and community outreach such as public health awareness and street science for school children. I enjoy volunteering because I believe it helps to nurture my potential as a member of society. By joining Leave a Nest Malaysia, I am optimistic that I am carving my career path out of my comfort zone, into the worlds of entrepreneurship and business. At Leave a Nest, I am also the core member of Nest Bio-Venture Lab, a collaborative science research lab between Leave a Nest and MJIIT-UTM, Kuala Lumpur.