Dr. Helen Nair

Academy of Sciences Malaysia (ASM)

Educational Background

  • 1966 - 1969
    Bachelor in Science Hon. (Plant Physiology), University of Sydney, Australia
  • 1970 - 1974
    PhD in Plant Physiology, University of Malaya

Working Experience

  • 1994 - 2000
    School/Institute of Biological Sciences, University of Malaya
  • 1995 - 1997
    Head Department of Botany
    School of Biological Sciences, University of Malaya
  • 1998 - 1999
    Coordinator AgroBiotech Division
    Department of Botany, University of Malaya
  • 2001 - 2004
    Professor and Head, Department of Biotechnology
    AIMST University
  • 2005 - 2008
    Professor of Biotechnology, Dean, Faculty of Applied Sciences
    AIMST University
  • 2011 - 2014
    Professor of Biotechnology, Dean Faculty of Integrated Sciences and Technology
    Quest International University


  • 2016
    Postharvest Research Group, University of Malaya
  • 2014
    National Biosafety Board
  • 2010
    Genetic Modification Advisory Committee, Malaysia
  • 2009
    Taskforce for MOHE-Implementation Plan for Development of Innovative Human Capital at Tertiary Level
  • 1995
    Review/evaluate R&D projects for MOSTE/MOSTI and/or Academy of Sciences Malaysia


  • 2003
    Fellow Academy of Sciences Malaysia
    Academy of Sciences Malaysia
  • 2002
    Fellow/Distinguished Fellow Malaysian Biotechnology Information Centre
  • 1999
    Fellow Malaysian Scientific Association
    Malaysian Scientific Association


  • 2014
    Cherian, S. CR Figueroa, H Nair. 2014. 'Movers and shakers' in the regulation of fruit ripening: a cross-dissection of climacteric versus non-climacteric fruit. J. Experimental Botany. 65(17), 4705-4722
  • 2009
    Arditti, J., A.N. Rao and H.Nair (2009). Hand-pollination of Vanilla: How many discoverers? In: (Eds.) T. Kull, J. Arditti and S.M. Wong, Orchid Biology: Reviews and Perspectives X, Springer Science. Pp.234-249
  • 2008
    Zuliana, R., Y.K. Yip, H. Nair, A.N. Boyce and S. Chandran (2008). Physiological changes following pollination of Dendrobium Pompadour flowers. Malaysian J. of Sci. 27 (2): 67-74
  • 2008
    Zuliana, R., A.N. Boyce, H. Nair and S. Chandran (2008). Effects of aminooxyacetic acid and sugar on the longevity of pollinated Dendrobium Pompadour. Asian Journal of Plant Sciences 7(7): 654-659
  • 2007
    Cherian, S., V. Ramachandran , S. Sudhakaran and H. Nair. 2007. Cadmium uptake and distribution in tomato plants (Lycopersicon esculentum Mill). The South Pacific J. Nat. Sci. 6: 37-42
  • 2007
    Zuliana Razali, S. Chandran, A.L. Lee, A.N. Boyce and H.Nair (2007). Isolation and characterization of senescence-associated ethylene genes from Dendrobium orchids. In: (Eds.) Z. Xu et al. Biotechnology and Sustainable Agriculture 2006 and Beyond.: Springer. pp.327-332. ISBN 978-1-4020-6634-4; e-book 978-1-4020-6635-1.
  • 2007
    Chandran S., R. Zuliana, Y.K. Yip, H. Nair, A.N. Boyce and Y.N. Tiew (2007). Effects of sugars and aminoacetic acid on the longevity of pollinated Oncidium Gower Ramsey flowers. Malaysian J. Sci. 26(2): 57-63
  • 2006
    Chandran S., C.L. Toh, R. Zuliana, Y.K. Yip, H. Nair and A.N. Boyce (2006). Effects of sugars and aminooxyacetic acid on the longevity of pollinated Dendrobium (Heang Beauty) flowers. J. App. Hort. 8(2) : 117-120
  • 2005
    Chandran S, R. Zuliana, Y.K. Yip, H. Nair, A.N. Boyce and S.Y. Teo (2005). Effects of sugars and aminooxyacetic acid on the longevity of pollinated Oncidium Goldiana flowers. Bulg. J. Agri. Sci. 11. 459-465
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