Dr. Reuben Sharma
Reuben Sharma graduated with a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) degree from Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM) and subsequently pursued a Master in Veterinary Science (MVSc) in wildlife medicine at the same university. He was later awarded a PhD in Molecular Parasitology from the University of Cambridge, United Kingdom. Reuben is a Member of the Royal Society of Biology (MRSB) and a Chartered Biologist (CBiol). He has been appointed as advisor to the World Health Organization (WHO) on zoonotic primate malaria, is a Director on the Executive Board of the World Association for the Advancement of Veterinary Parasitology (WAAVP), and an Affiliate Researcher at the University of Glasgow, UK. He has also been appointed as consultant/expert resource person to various NGO’s and governmental organizations including the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), the Department of Wildlife and National Parks Malaysia (DWNP), Department of Veterinary Services Malaysia (DVS), the Ministry of Human Resources Malaysia (MOHR), the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment Malaysia (NRE), and the Ministry of Health Malaysia (MOH). Reuben has served as President of the Malaysian Society of Parasitology and Tropical Medicine (MSPTM), and is an Executive Council member of the Veterinary Association Malaysian (VAM), a member of the National Wildlife Genetics Advisory Board, and the Orangutan Conservancy USA Veterinary Advisory Group (OVAG). He has also received a number of international awards including the BP Conservation Program Award (twice), the Wildlife Disease Association USA Professional Development Award and the MSPTM medal. He is also the Country Coordinator for the Sakura Science Program Japan. His expertise and research interests include genetics and molecular epidemiology of haemoparasites, zoonotic wildlife diseases, wildlife medicine and conservation.