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Biosafety Expert
Record information and status
Record ID
Date of creation
2015-02-10 00:57 UTC (johnny@nre.gov.my)
Date of last update
2018-12-06 07:26 UTC (anita@nre.gov.my)
Date of publication
2018-12-06 16:45 UTC (erie.tamale@cbd.int)

General information
Nominating Government
  • Malaysia
Profile of the Expert
Dr Norwati Adnan is working at the Department of Biosafety in the Ministry of Water, Land and Natural Resources and Environment (KATS) [previously known as Ministry of Natural Resource and Environment  (NRE)] since 1 October 2012. She has been a Research Officer with Forest Research Institute Malaysia (FRIM) since 1996 in the field of genetic engineering and molecular biology especially in forest tree species. She was actively involved in developing the Biosafety Guidelines Contained Use Activity of Living Modified Organism. Now she is the Director for Research and Assessment Section (SNP) at the Department of Biosafety. This Section does initial technical assessment and research support to process applications received for activities related to genetically modified organisms (GMO). This Section also has been playing an active role in raising awareness about the Biosafety Act through development of public awareness materials such as newsletters and write-ups, guidance documents.She coordinates the Biosafety Training Workshops provided by the Department and also has represented the Department in both international and local events.
Personal Information
Dr. Norwati Adnan
Department of Biosafety, Ministry of Water, Land and Natural Resources
Level 1, Podium 2, Wisma Sumber Asli,
No. 25, Persiaran Perdana,
Precinct 4
Putrajaya, Putrajaya
Malaysia, 62574
Phone:+603 88861746
Fax:+603 88904935
Url:Malaysia Biosafety Clearing House
  • Female
  • Malaysian
Date of birth
Place of birth
Current employment
Employer / Organization
Ministry of Water, Land and Natural Resources
Type of organization
  • Government agency
Department / Division / Unit
Department of Biosafety
Start date
Main responsibilities
Heading the Research and Evaluation Section that provides technical support to the Department of Biosafety and the national Genetic Modification Advisory Committee. Risk assessment for applications related to contained use and release of GMOs in Malaysia, providing training related to biosafety, involved in development of biosafety policies and legislations, guidance documents and public awareness materials.
Employment history
Countries or regions where you have worked
  • Malaysia
Previous employment
Employer / Organization
Forest Research Institute of Malaysia
Start date
Ending date
Type of organization
  • Academic or research institute
Main areas of responsibility
Research in biotechnology
Formal education
First Degree or other academic distinction and subject
Example: B.Sc. in Microbiology
BSc. (Hons) in Genetics
Name of academic institution
Universiti of Malaya
Start date
Ending date
Formal education
Second Degree or other academic distinction and the subject
Example: M.Sc. in Microbiology
M.Sc. in Biotechnology
Name of academic institution
Agriculture University of Malaysia
Start date
Ending date
Formal education
Third Degree or other academic distinction and the subject
Example: Ph.D. in Microbiology
Ph.D. in Genetics
Name of academic institution
National University of Malaysia
Start date
Ending date
Areas of Expertise
Main areas of expertise
  • Risk assessment
  • Risk management
List most important publications related to the expert main field of expertise.
A Norwati, R Abdullah, B Norlia, H Mohd Rosli, M Norwati & S Anee Suryani. (2011); Expression of BT gene in transgenic teak. Journal of Tropical Forest Science 23(4): 488 - 491.
A Norwati, B. Norlia, H Mohd Rosli, M Norwati & R. Abdullah. (2011) Development of transgenic teak (Tectona grandis) expressing a cry1Ab gene for control of skeletoniser. Asia Pacific Journal Molecular Biology & Biotechnology. Vol. 15(4):149 - 156
Norwati Adnan, Ruslan Abdullah, Norwati Muhammad and Norlia Basherudin (2007). A biolistic approach for the transfer and expression of uidA gene in nodal segments of teak (Tectona grandis). Asia Pacific Journal of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology, Vol 15(3): 115 - 120.
List of other publications
Norlia B., Norwati M., Norwati A., Mohd Rosli H. and Norihan M.S. (2008);Isolation and characterization of LHY homolog gene expressed in flowering tissues of Tectona grandis (teak). African Journal of Biotechnology 7(9):1302-1308..
Mohd Rosli, N. M. Saleh, M. I. Mohd Noor, M. Norwati, B. Norlia and A. Norwati. (2009) Analysis of expressed sequence tags derived from inflorescence shoot of Tectona grandis (teak). African J. Biotech. 8(21): 5633-5640
Norlia B, Norwati M., Norwati A., Mohd Rosli H. and Norihan M.S. (2008); Protein Expression of Late Elongated Hypocotyl (LHY) Homolog Genes of Teak in Escherichia coli.  Journal of Tropical Agricultural Science 31 (2): 257 - 261
Norwati Adnan (2008). Genetic Engineering - Technology for the advancement of tree improvement. FRIM in Focus, September 2008, pp 12-13.
Norlia B., Norwati M., Norwati A., Mohd Rosli H. and Norihan M.S. Tg-SK, A Teak (Tectona grandis Linn.) Homologue of GSK-3/ SHAGGY Protein Kinase. Bulletin of the Genetics Society of Malaysia  Vol 12 (2) December 2006. Pp 7-9
Awards and Professional Memberships
Awards received
Bronze Medal  for Invention & Innovation Competition at  23rd International Invention, Innovation & Technology Exhibition (ITEX '12), Kuala Lumpur 17 - 19 May 2012
First place for poster with title 'Isolation of CONSTAN-like Gene from Teak (Tectona grandis)' at 8th Malaysia Genetic Congress: Role of Genetics in wealth creation and quality of life, 4-6 Ogos 2009.
Excellent service award 2010 in conjunction with the FRIM-Award 2011
Professional memberships
Ordinary Member of Malaysian Association of Research Scientist (MARS)
Life Member of Persatuan Genetik Malaysia (PGM)
Ordinary Member of Malaysian Biosafety & Biosecurity Association (MBBA)
Technical committees, expert panels or advisory bodies served
Member of Working Group on formulation of Manuals and Guidelines for Contained Use Activity of GMO and LMO according to Biosafety Act 2007   -  NRE level  (April 2008  - Oktober 2010)
Panel member for the evaluation of academic programs Faculty of Bioscience and Medical Engineering (FBME), UTM, Skudai,(May - July 2013)
Assist Pahang Forest Department in DNA study for illegal logging case at Hutan Simpanan Kemasol, Pahang. (December 2002 - June 2003)
Language proficiency
"A" = Excellent, "B" = Good, "C" = Fair
Mother Tongue
  • Malay
Speaking / Level (A B C)
  • English
  • Malay
Reading / Level (A B C)
  • English
  • Malay
Writing / Level (A B C)
  • English
  • Malay
Dato' Letchumanan Ramatha
Expert Member of National Biosafety Board (Retired)
Ministry of Water, Land and Natural Resources Malaysia (KATS)
Asia Retreat Centre, Brahma Kumaris Malaysia,
Jalan BK1, Jalan Selangor Dredging
Dengkil, Selangor
Malaysia, 43800
Phone:+60 322822310
Dr Soon Leong Lee
Genetic Unit
Forest Research Institute Malaysia (FRIM)
FRIM Kepong
Kepong, Selangor
Malaysia, 52109
Phone:603-6279 7145
Fax:603-6280 4614
Url:FRIM Official website
Dr. Norwati Muhammad
Head of Biotechnology Programme
Biotechnology Programme
Forest Research Institute Malaysia (FRIM)
FRIM Kepong
Kepong, Selangor
Malaysia, 52109
Url:FRIM Official Website