Dr Mahaletchumy Arujanan is one scientist who has opted to be out in the forefront as a science journalist than work with test tubes. She loves engaging with the public and this passion together with her multiple science background has put her in good stead as an effective science communicator. She has a PhD in Science Communication, Masters in Biotechnology and Bachelor’s Degree in Microbiology and Biochemistry. Her training provides her with the strong foundation to bring science and biotechnology to the public domain, while her passion connects her with her audience locally and on the international podium. She enjoys her non-routine job and the freedom to try out new communication approaches. Currently she holds court as the Executive Director of the Malaysian Biotechnology Information Centre and is the Founding Editor-in-Chief of The Petri Dish.
Joseph Masilamany is a veteran journalist having worked with several mainstream newspapers in Malaysia. He began his career in journalism as a freelance writer for several mainstream newspapers in the country, moving on to be senior sub-editor with theSun and features editor for the Borneo Post. Although he undertook studies in philosophy and theology his passion for science and medicine has earned him several local and international awards. He has been a founding journalist with The Petri Dish since its inception and enjoys his role as editor with the newspaper.
Jayasyaliny Jayaraj is a Project Officer at Malaysian Biotechnology Information Centre (MABIC), in Bandar Sunway, Selangor, Malaysia. She is also a science journalist with The Petri Dish, the first and only science newspaper in Malaysia. She has a degree in Resource Biotechnology from University Malaysia Sarawak and a Master of Science in Plant Genomics and Bioinformatics from Monash University Malaysia.
She has strong passion for both science communication and journalism. She aspires to make science interesting and accessible for the public.
She is a resource person for science communication and science journalism workshop organised by MABIC. She also does science outreach at schools; design activities related to science for school students to cultivate an interest and appreciation of science among students.
Farah Nadzri is a Project Officer at MABIC. She likes to explore new challenges and also has strong aptitude for science communication and interest in making science accessible to layman. She enjoys engaging with the public and meeting various stakeholders in biotechnology industry. She writes for the Petri Dish and creates the leisure page, Coffee Break. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Microbiology.