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Our people include renowned local, regional and international faculty, researchers, and community members serving as investigators, research associates, master-level and doctoral-level training candidates, visiting scholars and fellows, working group members, and “out of the box” collaborators from the public, private and civil society sectors in Malaysia, the region, and around the world.


Department of Medicine Faculty of Medicine

Meet CERiA Founding Director

Professor Dato’ Dr. Adeeba Kamarulzaman

Professor of Infectious Diseases, Former Dean (2011-2020), Faculty of Medicine,
Universiti Malaya

Chairman, Malaysian AIDS Foundation

Former President, International AIDS Society


Professor Adeeba Kamarulzaman graduated from Monash University in 1987 and trained in internal medicine and infectious diseases at the Monash Medical Centre and Fairfield Infectious Diseases Hospital, Melbourne, Australia. She is presently the Dean of the Faculty of Medicine, University of Malaya and an Adjunct Associate Professor at Yale University, USA. She established the Centre of Excellence for Research on AIDS (CERiA) that conducts multi-disciplinary research on HIV ranging from clinical to public health and policy research.

Professor Kamarulzaman has used her clinical and academic leadership to engage in the national and community response to HIV/AIDS. She is currently Chairman of the Malaysian AIDS Foundation and an Executive Council member of the Malaysian AIDS Council, the peak HIV NGO in Malaysia.

At the international level, Professor Kamarulzaman is presently an Executive Council Member of the International AIDS Society and a member of the UNAIDS Scientific Expert Panel on HIV. She has also been an advisor to numerous WHO committees on HIV/AIDS. She has played a key role in the establishment and ongoing activities and collaborations of a regional HIV research network initiative; TREAT Asia.

Her achievements have been recognised through several national and international awards including the Tun Mahathir Science and the Merdeka Awards for her role as a member of the University of Malaya’s Nipah Investigative Team. She is the first recipient of the Advance Australia Global Award in the category of Alumni in 2012 and in April 2015 she was honoured with a Doctor of Laws (honoris causa) from her alma mater, Monash University. She also has the distinct honour of having been featured in both The Lancet and Science publications in 2013 and 2014 respectively.

Australian by Degree – Adeeba Kamarulzaman, Malaysia by Australia Global Alumni

How one Australian Alumni Changed the Course of the HIV/ AIDS Epidemic in Malaysia.

Consider This: Fighting AIDS & COVID-19 on Astro Awani

The conversation over the HIV/AIDS epidemic has evolved & holds lessons for the fight against Covid-19. Tonight on #ConsiderThis, Melisa Idris & Sharaad Kuttan speak to the newly appointed president of International AIDS Society, Prof Dr Adeeba Kamarulzaman about how we can do so much better. #TalkUndetectedTalkPREP

[LIVE] Anak Melayu setaraf saintis dunia on Sinar Harian on Astro Awani

Malaysia melakar sejarah apabila bekas Dekan Fakulti Perubatan Universiti Malaya (UM), Prof Datuk Dr Adeeba Kamarulzaman merupakan saintis Asia pertama yang dilantik sebagai Presiden Komuniti AIDS Antarabangsa (IAS) dalam tempoh dua tahun bermula pada 11 Julai.

Meet Our Team

Lead Research Collaborators

Professor Chris Breyer

M.D., M.P.H

Professor Jeremy Sugarman


Professor Nabila El-Bassel


Professor Frederick Altice


Professor Don Des Jarlais


Professor Sharon Lewin


Professor Martyn French


Annette Sohn


Emeritus Professor Suzanne


UM Faculty

Research Associates

UM Master & Doctoral Candidates

Master and Doctoral Candidates in various departments at University Malaya, Faculty of Medicine have participated in research projects and collaboratives at CERiA.

Committees & Working Groups

Committees and Working Groups are in collaboration with multi-sector stakeholders from a wide spectrum of public, private and civil society organizations.

Currently active working groups include:

Implementation Science Working Group
HIV Self Testing/ PrEP Working Group
M-Health Working Group
APPGM Secretariat Legal Working Group
Drug Policy Reform Alliance

International Research Attachments

Sponsored by academic institutions around the world, candidates from around the world have come to CERiA on international research attachments through
the following;

Doris Duke Fellowship
Fulbright Scholars
Fogarty Training Grant scholars
Global Health Equity Fellows and Scholars
Master/doctoral-level candidates
Postdoctoral Associates
Postgraduate Associates


CERiA is always looking for international and national interns to support in research activities, advocacy and community mobilization, centre operations,
event planning, media and communications.

Want to pitch an internship idea?

We are always looking for creative talent willing to make a difference.