Newcastle University Medicine Malaysia

Staff Profile

Dr Mukhrizah Othman

Lecturer (Non-clinical)



I am a microbiologist and molecular biologist by training with particular research interests in antimicrobial resistance. After obtaining my PhD, I went on to do post-doctoral research at the University of Nottingham, UK investigating pathogen uptake by crops grown hydroponically in anaerobic digestates. I stayed on to work as Teaching Associate before returning to Malaysia in August 2015 to take the position of Lecturer (Non-clinical) at NUMed, where I am primarily involved in research.  Apart from research, I also contribute to teaching of various modules in Biomedical Sciences, MBBS and Foundation Certificate in Biological and Biomedical Sciences programme.



PhD Pharmacy - University of Nottingham

BSc. (Hons) Nutrition and Community Health - Universiti Putra Malaysia



I have a particular research interests in antimicrobial resistance which stems from my PhD research. One of the focuses of my PhD studies was on the ability of novel plant extracts in combination with beta-lactam antibiotics to overcome antibacterial resistance, specifically against methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) growth. The aim was to understand mechanisms of action on the synergistic activity observed. Another focus was on the antioxidant and cytoprotective properties of novel extracts against oxidative-induced cytotoxicity on human hepatocellular carcinoma and normal human lung fibroblast cells. Currently, I am working on a project to identify the presence of antibiotic resistance genes in surface and domestic waste/tap water in Johor. 


Teaching (Biomedical Sciences)

Stage 1 Genetics

Stage 1 Microbiology and Immunology

Stage 2 Practical Skills in Biomedical and Biomolecular Sciences 3

Stage 2 The Nervous System and Respiratory Diseases


Teaching (MBBS)

Stage 1 Patients, Doctors and Society - Critical Appraisal in Action seminar


Teaching (Foundation Certificate in Biological and Biomedical Sciences)

Biology 1 and 2