The Malaysian Society for Biochemistry & Molecular Biology (MSBMB) was established in 1973 as a professional body representing biochemists and molecular biologists in Malaysia.  The Society aims to be a platform for Malaysian scientists to network and interact locally and internationally via a variety of activities such as conferences, seminars, workshops, special lectures and focus group meetings on matters related to biochemistry & molecular biology.  These are often organised in collaboration with universities and research institutions.     
The MSBMB is an adhering body to the Federation of Asian and Oceanian Biochemists and Molecular Biologists (FAOBMB) and The International Union of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (IUBMB). Members of the MSBMB are therefore eligible to apply for awards and fellowships managed by these 2 international bodies.     

The Malaysian Journal of Biochemistry

and Molecular Biology


E-ISSN 2600-9005


Published 3 times a year

MSBMB Newsletter 

Current Issue: April 2022

EXCO Section  

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MSBMB-Tan Sri Dato’ Kong Hon Kong Research Excellence Award 2020

- Prof. Dr. Tan Wen Siang

MSBMB President - Tan Sri Dato' Kong Hon Kong Award 2019

- Prof. Dr. Sheila Nathan

Call for 2022 nominations will be announced soon.

Upcoming Conferences 


      21 June 2022

       24-25 August 2022

       Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

       The Biochemistry Global Summit

       9-14 July 2022

       Lisbon, Portugal

      19-20 October 2022

      16-18 November 2022

      Seville, Spain


  • FAOBMB Fellowships Committee and Guidelines here

  • Winner of the 2019 FAOBMB Research Excellence Award:  

     Jin-Soo Kim (S. Korea)

  • Winner of the 2019 FAOBMB Education

     Xiaolun Yu (China)


For inquiries, please contact the

Hon. Secretary:

Dr. Fung Shin Yee

Department of Molecular Medicine
Universiti Malaya


Become a member of MSBMB


Benefits of membership:

  1. Eligibility for MSBMB, FAOBMB & IUBMB Fellowships, Awards and Grants.

  2. Reduced Registration Fees for Annual Conferences, Workshops, Seminars & MSBMB supported partner events

  3. Be part of a vibrant community of local and international scientists  

MSBMB membership fees for Jan-Dec 2020 are DUE

Please click this link for more information.

FAOBMB Travel Fellowships for the FAOBMB-CSBMB Conference in China, October 2022

FAOBMB Travel Fellowships will be awarded for the 29th FAOBMB & 2022 CSBMB (Chinese Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology) Conference to take place in Shenzhen, China, from 19-22 October 2022 to attend, either in person or online. The theme of the Conference is Biochemistry and Molecular Biology for Human Health. Note that the FAOBMB Travel Fellowships are available this year for online international participants.


Applications for these fellowships are now invited from well qualified Graduate students/postdoctoral fellows/early career Biochemists and/or Molecular Biologists, from the FAOBMB region and within 10 years of completion of a PhD degree at the date of the application deadline (1 July, 2022).

Detailed Guidelines and the Application Form can be found on the following section of the FAOBMB webpage:

Successful applicants for these Fellowships will each be given the opportunity to give an oral presentation, either in person or online, on their research work in a session of the 29th FAOBMB & 2022 CSBMB Conference in Shenzhen, October 2022.

Closing date for applications has been extended to 1 July, 2022 (1800 hours, AEST)



Further information:

Professor Paul Gleeson, Chair FAOBMB Fellowships Committee 


MSBMB President’s - Tan Sri Dato’ Kong Hon Kong Award 2022


We pleased to announce the Inaugural call for nomination for the MSBMB President’s - Tan Sri Dato’ Kong Hon Kong Award 2022.

The MSBMB President’s - Tan Sri Dato’ Kong Hon Kong Award is awarded to a distinguished biochemist or molecular biologist who has made important contributions to the field of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at the national and international level as evident through their track record. The track record should reflect excellence in scientific contributions to the field and sustained research productivity. The contributions include, but are not limited to publications, receipt of awards, receipt of funding or grants from prestigious funding bodies (e.g. Wellcome Trust UK, NIH USA, BMGF, Royal Society UK, MRC UK), invitation as plenary or invited speaker at prestigious meetings and other recognized achievements of similar standing. 

The winner of the MSBMB President’s - Tan Sri Dato’ Kong Hon Kong Award will receive an honorarium of RM5000, a trophy, a certificate of achievement and induction as a Life Member of MSBMB. 

The recipient of the award will be required to deliver the MSBMB President’s - Tan Sri Dato’ Kong Hon Kong Award Lecture at the 46th MSBMB Conference in August 2022. 


Kindly download the GUIDELINES and NOMINATION FORMS here

Email the completed nomination forms to with the subject header 'MSBMB Awards 2022'

Nominations must be received by 15th April 2022

Thank you 
Hon Secretary 

46th Annual Conference of MSBMB

We are pleased to announce that the Malaysian Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology in collaboration with WMIT Group Sdn Bhd will be organizing the 46TH ANNUAL CONFERENCE OF THE MALAYSIAN SOCIETY FOR BIOCHEMISTRY AND MOLECULAR BIOLOGY 2022 (MSBMB46)

The conference will be held both physically (In-person) & Online.

The theme of this year's conference is
Advancement of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology in the Digital Era

Date   : 24 - 25 August 2022 (Wednesday and Thursday)
Venue : Bangi Resort Hotel, Selangor, Malaysia

This 2-day conference will address current and latest advances in various biochemistry and molecular biology research and breakthroughs. The conference will provide opportunities for researchers, academicians and students to network and share their latest knowledge, experience and achievements.

The conference organiser cordially invites academics, researchers, policy makers and government agencies to participate as presenters or participants in MSBMB46. We also highly encourage the participation of postgraduate students to present their research proposal, literature review and findings in this conference with a special registration fee.

Authors are invited to submit papers for oral and poster presentations.

Abstract submission date is by
30 June 2022. (Extended Deadline)

The abstract will be reviewed and corresponding author will be notified within 2 weeks after the submission.

Download the eBrochure

Publication Opportunity
Authors of the selected abstracts will be invited to submit their full research article to Malaysian Journal of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (E-ISSN 2600-9005; Indexed by SCOPUS and MYCITE)

Shall you have any enquiries, feel free to contact the organizing committee at or

Best regards,
MSBMB46 Secretariat,

Dear PhD students and postdoctoral researchers,


We are delighted to invite you to the 1st FEBS-IUBMB-ENABLE International Molecular Biosciences PhD and Postdoc Conference entitled “The perfect tandem: How technology expands the frontiers of biomedicine”, which will take place in Seville (Spain) on 16-18 November 2022.


Join us for three days of FEBS-IUBMB-ENABLE 2022 and have the opportunity to participate in:


  • Scientific symposium (16 & 17 November):

    • Scientific talks from 8 renowned scientists

    • Short talks and posters presentations by participants

    • Gala dinner with keynote speakers on Thursday 17 November

  • Career day (18 November):

    • Participate in workshops and career chats

    • Visit our job fair to learn more about career opportunities

  • Networking & Outreach activities:

    • Join our pub talks to bring your science closer to society

    • Get to know other young scientists by joining our various networking activities

Registration for this event opened on 1 June 2022. Early bird discounts are available until 29 July 2022. A considerable number of travel grants are available for participants who actively participate via poster presentation or a short talk. The deadline to apply for travel grants is also 29 July 2022.

For more information, visit our website, where you can also watch videos of previous editions, and remember to follow us on InstagramLinkedIn Facebook and Twitter!

We look forward to meeting you in Seville!


The Scientific Organizing Committee of FEBS-IUBMB-ENABLE 2022

Click here for flyer of event.

Protein & Glycan Sample Preparation For Mass  Spectrometry: Online Workshop

Organised by Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM).

Analytical Biochemistry Research Centre (ABrC), Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM); in collaboration with The Malaysian Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (MSBMB), will be organising Protein & Glycan Sample Preparation for Mass Spectrometry: Online Workshop, which will be held as follows:

Date: 21 June 2022 (Tuesday).
Time: 9.00 a.m. – 1.00 p.m.
Venue: Online via CISCO Webex.
Download Brochure here

SUITABLE FOR: Lecturers, Researchers and Postgraduate Students.

FEE: RM 55.00 per participant
Inclusive of Sales & Services Tax (SST). SST Registration No: P11-1808-31026043.

For inquiries, kindly contact:
Assoc. Prof. ChM. Dr. Mohd Nazri Ismail
Analytical Biochemistry Research Centre (ABrC)
Universiti Sains Malaysia
The MSBMB Bulletin

The 12th issue (April 2022) of the MSBMB Bulletin is



Professor Dr. Loke Kwong Hung

Prof Loke Kwong Hung was born and raised in Kampar, Perak. He graduated with a B.Sc. (1st Class Hons.)  in the first batch of students at the University of Malaya in 1954 and obtained a memorial Medal from the Royal Institute of Chemistry. He continued with his studies, first M.Sc. at the same University, and then PhD at the University of Edinburgh, under the Queen’s scholarship.
When he returned, he was appointed a lecturer in Biochemistry, University of Malaya, Singapore in 1958. He went on to become a Senior lecturer, Professor and the Head of Department at the Department of Biochemistry, Faculty of Medicine, University of Malaya in the early 1960s. He was well-known for his research in steroid biochemistry and palm oil.

He has also been a senior Teaching Fellow at the National University of Singapore (NUS) from 1983 – 1988, Senior Research Consultant to PORIM (predecessor of MPOB) from 1988 -1994. He has co-authored a book entitled, “50 years of Science and Technology Development in Malaysia”. He was also on the Editorial Board of the Journal of the Malaysian Institute of Chemistry and the Journal of the Malaysian Oil Scientists’ and Technologists’ Association. He was awarded a Gold medal by the Malaysian Institute of Chemistry for his contributions to higher education in Chemistry and an Outstanding Science Alumni Award in 2009 from The Faculty of Science, UM.

Most biochemists remember him for his long service at the Department of Biochemistry, Faculty of Medicine, UM. He was dedicated to the teaching of biochemistry, and his fairness in the treatment of the departmental staff. And all his students remember his ability to write on the board with both hands, at such a speed that students could not catch up with the information presented. He could write equally fast in English or Mandarin.

His contribution to Biochemistry in Malaysia is well-known. Besides teaching the subject, he was involved in the Malaysian Biochemical Society (known today as the Malaysian Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, MSBMB) from the early days of its inception, serving as the President from 1976-1977. His involvement and dedication to biochemistry never waned for he attended the annual MSBMB conference and AGM every year without fail, and took part in the discussion. Even in his later years, when he found it difficult to attend the whole conference, he always attended the AGM until health issues prevented him from doing so in the later years.  It was fitting that Prof. Loke was the Society’s first Honorary Life Member and truly made his mark.    
He had a strict code of conduct for himself and others. He was a man of great integrity. He was indeed a devoted scientist, teacher and administrator. He is remembered by his former students, staff and colleagues as being kind and principled, and a true gentleman. 

Prof. Loke, you are deeply missed by former students, staff and fellow biochemists.

Article by former students, staff and colleagues of Prof K.H. Loke