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 Dr. Syahidah Akmal Muhammad



Address 1: Analytical Biochemistry Research Centre (ABrC), Universiti Sains Malaysia, 11800 USM, Penang, Malaysia

Adddress 2: School of Industrial Technology, Universiti Sains Malaysia, 11800 USM, Penang, Malaysia

Telephone:  04-653 2590

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I have over 10 years experience of collaborative research in environmental chemistry research areas. During the past 7 years I have started to focus more on environmental forensics niche area applying various chemical fingerprinting analyses namely mass spectral profiling and stable isotope analysis to source-apportion environmental contaminants in the environment. In 2012, I was appointed as a senior lecturer to teach environmental chemistry courses at the School of Industrial Technology, Universiti Sains Malaysia. In March 2014, while keeping my teaching position at the school, I joined the Doping Control Centre, now officially known as Analytical Biochemistry Research Centre (ABrC) to head their Stable Isotope Laboratory, overseeing daily operations as well as providing analytical services to various researchers in Malaysia. Recently, I have started to become involved in collaborative research with Malaysian Nuclear Agency and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) as well as teaming up with them to strengthen national technical capability in food traceability through application of nuclear and related technologies. I am passionate about knowledge, research and exploring the frontiers of science. I also love teaching especially when it involves environment-related courses. As an early-career researcher, I am willing and open to networking, collaborations as well as new opportunities to provide a good platform for myself and the university to reach greater heights in the world of academia.     

Areas of Expertise

  • Chemical fingerprinting in environmental forensics
  • Stable isotope profiling in any traceability and forensic applications
  • Environmental monitoring of organic contaminants

Academic and Professional Recognition

1. Member - ‘The Forensic Isotope Ratio Mass Spectrometry Network’ (FIRMS Network)

2. Member - Persatuan Analisis Malaysia (ANALIS)


1.         E.K. Seow, Baharuddin Ibrahim, Muhammad, Syahidah Akmal, L.H.Lee and L. H. Cheng (2016). Differentiation of house-farmed and cave-harvested edible bird's nests (EBN) based on chemometrics of major minerals profile. Pertanika J. Trop. Agric. Sci. 39 (2): 181 - 195 (2016).      

2.         E.K. Seow, Baharuddin Ibrahim, Muhammad, Syahidah Akmal, L.H. Lee and L. H. Cheng (2015). Differentiation between house and cave edible bird's nests by chemometric analysis of amino acid composition data. LWT Food Science & Technology. doi: 10.1016/j.lwt.2015.08.047.

3.         Muhammad, S. A., Hayman, A. R., Van Hale, R., and Frew, R. D. (2015). Assessing carbon and hydrogen isotopic fractionation of diesel fuel n-alkanes during progressive evaporation. J. Forensic Sci. 60(Suppl. 1), S56–S65. doi: 10.1111/1556-4029.12551.

4.         Muhammad, S. A., Hayman, A. R., and Frew, R. D. (2015). Compound-specific iso- tope analysis of diesel fuels in a forensic investigation. Front. Chem. 3:12. doi: 10.3389/ fchem.2015.00012.

5.         Mardiana Idayu Ahmad, Nur Anis Ahmad, Syahidah Akmal Muhammad, Norizan Esa (2014). A Survey on Use, Hazards and Potential Risks of Rice Farming Pesticides in Permatang Keriang, Pulau Pinang (Malaysia), International Journal of Scientific and Research Publications, Oct 2014, Volume 4, Issue 10, 1-11.

6.         Muhammad, S. A., Frew, R. D. and Hayman, A. R. (2013). Forensic differentiation of diesel fuels using hydrocarbon isotope fingerprints. Centr. Euro. Geol. 56, 19–37. doi: 10.1556/CEuGeol.56.2013.1.3.