The Environmental and Life Sciences Graduate Programme offers Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Biology. It provides a broad laboratory and/or field training, and a comprehensive educational experience in environmental and life sciences, which can lead to a variety of careers in the government agencies and private sectors.
Fields of study include cell and molecular biology, genetics, biochemistry and biotechnology, developmental and reproductive biology, ecology (terrestrial, marine and aquatic) and conservation biology, behavioural ecology, invasive ecology, marine and aquatic biology, plant and animal sciences, microbiology, botany, plant taxonomy and systematics, ethnobotany and medicinal plants, environment and climate change. The excellent laboratory and outdoor field facilities, and a field studies centre in the tropical rainforest (under Institute for Biodiversity and Environmental Research, IBER) strengthen both teaching and research in the broad field of Biology.
Candidates will perform a research project under the supervision of staff from the Environmental and Life Sciences Programme and frequently in collaboration with staff members from other disciplines.
Aims and ScopeThe PhD Programme in Biology aims to make scientists with high level specialised training, in order to cover the increased needs of Industry in related aspects. The scope of the Programme is to provide students the necessary specific scientific information, as well as to train them to develop their skills and analytical capabilities.
StructureStudents conduct an approved, original research project, with the supervision of one or more staff members. Upon completion of their research, they submit a Thesis, which normally does not exceed 100,000 words.
AssessmentAssessment includes examination of the Thesis by internal and external examiners. As stipulated in the relevant UBD regulations the examiners may subject a candidate to an oral examination or any other test they think necessary to assess the acceptability of the Thesis. Periodic assessment of the progress of the candidate is carried out as stipulated in the relevant UBD regulations.
Areas of Research/ Specialisation
Contact: Programme Leader in Environmental and Life Sciences (Dr. Yasuaki Tanaka), Graduate and Research, FOS, UBD
Complete programme details can also be found here .
Prof. Abdalla Mohamed Jama
Gene therapy.Cellular signalling.Molecular basis of disease.
Prof. Ulmar Grafe
Functional diversity of amphibians.Sensory ecology of frog-biting midges.Community ecology of Bornean frogs.A novel resource-service mutualism between bats
and pitcher plants.
AP Dr. Zohrah Hj Sulaiman
Vice-Chancellor, Institut Teknologi Brunei,
Adjunct Associate Professor of UBD
Molecular genetics.Biodiversity of fishes.Molecular phylogeny and biogeography of fishes.Genetic modification to produce biodiesel and
robust variety of paddy.
AP Dr. Kushan Tennakoon
Director, Institute for Biological and
Ecophysiological and biochemical attributes of
parasitic plants and mycoheterotrophs, their
biogeography, structural biology and mechanisms
of solute transfer.Restoration of degraded tropical habitats with
local native plant species and investigating their
physiological responses to varying environmental
conditions.Impacts of alien invasive plant species
(i.e. holoparasites, Pinus, Acacia spp) on native
flora and potential arable lands.Alternative energy - Applications of native plant
pigments in dye-sensitized solar cells.
AP Dr. David J. Marshall
Ecological and evolutionary physiology of marine
Intertidal invertebrates.Organismal responses to environmental and
climate change.Marine and estuarine benthic community ecology.Estuarine pollution, biomonitoring and
AP Dr. Ferry Slik
Tropical Tree Biodiversity and distribution Tropical forest Biomass and Carbon Balance Flora Projects Secondary Forest Dynamics Ecology and Dynamics of Large Trees Biogeography Below- and aboveground interactions of plants
DNA barcoding Species distribution modeling Using remote sensing for plant identification Plant community phylogenetics Plant functional trait
Dr. Rahayu Sukmaria Hj Sukri
Tropical forest ecology and conservation. Tropical plant diversity and community ecology. Peat swamp ecology and conservation. The ecological effects and impact of invasive plants in Brunei Darussalam.
Dr Norhayati Hj Ahmad
Developmental biology. Reproductive biology. Diabetes – focus mainly on pancreas regeneration.
Dr. Yasuaki Tanaka
Programme Leader, Environmental and Life Sciences Programme
Ecophysiology of corals and aquatic primary producers Water quality monitoring in aquatic environments Biogeochemical cycles in aquatic ecosystems Bioremediation of wastewater from aquaculture
Dr. Faizah Hj Metali
Environmental and Life Sciences Programme
Metal accumulation in plants in tropical plants and crops. Plant and soil nutrition. Growth and physiology of tropical seedlings. Germination and pollination studies. Plant conservation and propagation techniques.
Dr. Gianluca Polgar
Ecology and evolution of tropical coastal wetlands Ecosystem management and conservation Biodiversity of fishes and crabs Ecology and behaviour of wetland macrofauna
Dr. Hussein Taha
Biotechnology Population genetics Molecular Phylogenetics
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