Mohammad Firdaus Bin Abdul Aziz is a Law Fellow at the University of Malaya in Malaysia, and an early researcher in the area of law and ethics of human stem cell research. He is also interested to explore other areas of emerging technologies.
Firdaus Aziz obtained his BSc (Genetics and Molecular Biology) in 2007 from the University of Malaya in Malaysia, before joining the University’s International and Corporate Relations Office as a Special Projects Officer. After successfully awarded with the National Science Fellowship, he furthered his studies at the University of Sheffield, where he graduated in 2011 with MA in Biotechnological Law and Ethics. He then returned to Malaysia and worked at the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation. Following a brief period of ministerial work as a Special Officer to the Deputy Secretary General (Policy and Innovation), Firdaus joined HeLEX to pursue his doctorate (DPhil in Public Health) at the University of Oxford, which he completed in 2015. He has recently returned to Malaysia as a Law Fellow at the University of Malaya, and will be appointed as a Senior Lecturer. He continues to be a research associate of HeLEX and aspires to build strong connection and collaborations between the Centre and Malaysia.
Firdaus’s DPhil project focused on regulatory measures to improve the regulatory framework for human stem cell research (hSCR) in Malaysia through comparative legal studies among countries across the globe, particularly focusing on the Commonwealth countries. He also used qualitative method to conduct empirical research in Malaysia. He is planning to employ his research outcome to work on the improvement of the regulatory sphere of hSCR by working closely with relevant key stakeholders in the country. He wishes to introduce academic program and promote academic research on legal and ethical issues of biosciences and emerging technologies in Malaysia.