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Professor Dr Narazah Mohd Yusoff

narazah         Senior Lecturer (GRADE VK7)
        PhD Kobe University Graduate School of Medicine, Kobe, Japan (2003)
        narazah @
        Tel: (+6) 04 562 22395
        Fax: (+6) 04 562 2349
        Research Interests:
        Oncogenic fusion genes
        Molecular haematology
        Clinical transfusion

About Me

Academic Qualification

1.   PhD Kobe University Graduate School of Medicine, Kobe, Japan (2003)
2.   M Med Science University of London, UK (1994)
3.   DCP University of London, UK (1991)
4.   MBBS University of Malaya, Malaysia (1986)

Previous Positions

1.   Since 1994 Consultant Haematologist and Medical Lecturer in School of Medical Science, USM
2.   Head of Haematology Department, School of Medical Science, USM 1997-2000
3.   Research Fellow in Kobe Graduate School of Medicine, Kobe, Japan 1999-2003
4.   Director Human Genome Center, School of Medical Science, USM 2000-2002
5.   Deputy Director Clinical Services, AMDI 2005-2011
6.   Deputy Director of Research, Publication, Innovation, Advanced Medical and Dental Institute, USM 2012-2015

Current Work

Mechanisms of oncogenic activation of DUSP6 and RUNX1/ETO
Modulation of Telomerase Reverse Transcriptase (TERT) Regulation by the Leukaemic Fusion Gene AML 1/MTG8


Understanding the molecular basis of gene fusion provides insight into the genes responsible for the pathological basis of  many haematologic maligancies. As the molecular basis of these processes becomes more characterized, better selective and precise therapeutics can be instituted. Our current interest focuses on translocation t(8;21), which is one for the most frequently encountered chromosomal aberration in acute myeloid leukaemia
Roles and Responsibilities
Institute Deputy Director of Research and Networking
Senior Consultant Haematologist (Grade VK7)
Laboratory Director, Advanced Diagnsotic Laboratory (ISO 15189 Accredidated)



 1. Frequency of G71R and detection of a novel mutation in exon 1 of the UGT1A1 gene in a Malay population. Nur Hasnah M, Surini Y Zilfalil BA, Narazah M.Y, Noraida R, Rosidah I, Matsuo M, Nishio H, Van Rostenberghe, International Medical Journal 2012, 19, No 2,
 2. Quality indicators for discarding blood in the National Blood Center, Kuala Lumpur, Mohammed Morish, Yasmin Ayob, Noris Naim, Huda Salman, Nor Asiah Muhamad, Narazah Mohd Yusoff. Asian Journal of Transfusion Science, 2012, vol 6 issue 1
 3. Chromosomal 16p microdeletion in Rubinstein-Taybi syndrome detected by oligonucleotide-based array comparative genomic hybridization. Mohd Fadly Md Ahid, Azli Ismail, Thong M Keong, Narazah Mohd Yusoff, Zubaidah Zakaria, Journal of Medical Case Reports MS: 4736982345727250, 2012
 4. Comparative Analysis of Antibacterial Effects of Activated and Non-activated of Expired Platelet Concentrate by Disc Diffusion Method, Azrul Zabidi, Zainoodin, Narazah Mohd Yusoff. Indian Journal of Pathology and Microbiology, 55 Issue 1, Jan - March 2012
 5. Ashwaq Hamid Yehya, Narazah Mohd Yusoff, Imran A Khalid, Hakimah Mahsin, Ruzzieatul Akma Razali, Fatimah Azlina, Kamil Sheikh Mohammed, Syed A Ali, Pilot Study of the Sensitivity and Specificity of the DNA Integrity Assay for Stool-based Detection of Colorectal Cancer in Malaysian Patients, Asia Pacific Journal of Cancer Prevention, 2012, Vol 13, 2012
 6. O. S. Ali Al-Salahi , A. H. Zaki , Kit-Lam Chan , A. M. Shah , W. Zai Abdullah , N. Mohd Yusoff*, THE IN-VIVO EFFECTS OF PARTIALLY PURIFIED SUB-FRACTION (TAF2) OF THE CRUDE METHANOLIC EXTRACT OF EURYCOMA LONGIFOLIA ROOTS ON THE HAEMATOLOGICAL, BIOCHEMICAL AND HISTOLOGY PARAMETERS, International Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences and Research, 2012, IJPSR (2012), Vol.3, Issue 09
 7. Omar Saeed Ali Al-Salahi, Abdel-Hamid Zaki, Kit-Lam Chan, Amin Malik Shah, Faisal Al-Hassan, Wan Zaidah Abdullah, Narazah Mohd Yusoff , The Effect of Eurycoma longifolia Root Methanolic Extract on Gamma Globin Gene Expression In Vitro Stud , Biohealth Science Bulletin, 2012, Vol.4 Issue 1, 2012
 8. Asmida Isa BSc (1), Nur Nadzirah binti Mohamed,Faridah binti Mohd Idris, Khairunnajwa binti Khairuddin, Zulzhafi bin Abd Razak, Tanu Pramanik, Narazah Mohd Yusoff, A preliminary research report: Unexplained refractory anemia in Malaysian population, BMJ, 2012
 9. A. Nafishah  M. Nor Asiah A. T. Nur Syimah T. H. Mohd Zahari A. Yasmin M. Normi  E. Anza  M. Shahnaz M. Y. Narazah, Rate of Seroconversion in Repeat Blood Donors at The National Blood Centre, Kuala Lumpur, Indian J Hematol Blood Transfusion, 2012
 10. Emmanuel Jairaj Moses, Sim Pei Ling, Faisal Muti Al-Hassan, Faraizah Abdul Karim, Narazah Mohd Yusoff, Identification of novel mutations in exon 14 of the F8 gene in Malaysian patients with severe Haemophilia A, Indian Journal of Clinical Biochemistry, 2012, 27
 11. Salem Bashanfer,1 Faisal Mutee Al-Hassan,1 Rosline Hassan,2 Olaf Heidenreich,3 Mohamed Saifulaman Mohamed Said, 4 and Narazah Mohd Yusoff, siRNAs targeting the ERK2 signaling pathway and AML1/MTG8 fusion gene attenuate the differentiation, proliferation and growth arrest in t(8;21) leukemia, BioMed Central, 2012
 12. Noh LM, Intan Juliana AH, Rus Anida A, HAshim IF, Narazah MY, Abdul Latiff Ah, Zainudeen Zt, Van De Burg M, An CD 19 Deficient B Cell Abnormality and Selective Isotype IgM deficiency in a Malay Child: A Case Report Proceedings of the 15th Meeting of the European Society of Immunodeficiencies October 2012, Italy.
 13. Mazura Bahari (author), Faraizah Abd Karim (author), Narazah Mohd Yusoff (author, 2012), Book:  The Quality and Outcomes of the Platelet Concentrates: Improvement of quality of platelets prepared leading to improve clinical effectiveness of platelet transfusion, LAP LAMBERT Academic Publishing
 14. Mot Yee Yik, Murizah Mohd Zain, Zubaidah Zakaria, Narazah Mohd Yusoff, A Consanguinity Related Autosomal Translocation Which Leads to Premature Ovarian Failure, Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research, 2013, vol-7(2):355-357
 15. Omar Saeed Ali Al-Salahi1, Abdel-Hamid Zaki1, Kit-Lam Chan2, Amin Malik Shah2, Faisal Al-Hassan1, Wan Zaidah Abdullah3 and Narazah Mohd Yusoff In Vitro Anti-proliferative and Apoptotic Activities of Eurycoma longifolia Jack (Simaroubaceae) on HL-60 Cell Line. Tropical Journal of Pharmaceutical Research February 2013; 12 (1): ISSN: 1596-5996 (print); 1596-9827.
 16. Harvidar Kaur Gill, Hemahwathy Chanthira Kumar, Chan Kwai Cheng, Choo Chong Ming, Revathy Nallusamy, Narazah Mohd Yusoff, Saharuddin Mohammad, Adiratna Mat Ripen, Jasbir Singh Dhaliwal, Shahnaz Murad X-linked Chronic Granulomatous Disease in a male child with X-CGD carrier, Klinefelter borther Asian Pac J Allergy Immunol 2013;31:167-72
 17. E Kardia, NM Yusoff, Z Zakaria, B Yahya Aerosol –Based Delivery of Fibroblast cells for Treatment of Lung Diseases, Journal of Aerosol Medicine and Pulmonary Drug Delivery Volume 26, Number 0, 2013 DOI:10.1089
 18. Ahmed M Sulaiman, Sultan AM Saghir, Faisal M Al-Hassan, Narazah M Yusoff, Abdel-Hamid A Zaki, Molecular Characterisation of Glucose-6-phosphate Dehydrogenase Deficiency in a University Community in Malaysia, Tropical Journal of Pharmaceutical Research, 2013, 12 (3),
 19. Lim Seng Hock, Aditya Nath Shukla, Rapiaah Mustaffa, Narazah Mohd Yusoff, and Zurkurnai Yusuf, HPA-1b Gene Polymorphism in Coronary Artery Disease Patients with Myocardial Infarction in North-east Peninsula Malaysia, International Journal of Biological, Ecological and Environmental Sciences (IJBEES), 2013, Vol. 2, No. 3, 2013 Vol. 2, No. 3, 2013,
 20. Sin Yeang Teow, Siti Aisyah Mualif, Tasyriq Che Omar, Chew Yik Wei, Narazah Mohd Yusoff and Syed A Ali*, Production and purification of polymerization-competent HIV-1 capsid protein p24 (CA) in NiCo21(DE3) Escherichia coli, BMC Biotechnology, 2013, 13:07
 21. Omar Saeed Ali Al- Salahi, Chan Kit Lam, Amin Malik Shah Abdul Majid, Fouad Saleih R Al-Sued, Sultan Ayesh Mohammed Saghir, Wan Zaidah Abdullah, Mohammed B Khadeer Ahamed, Narazah Mohd Yusoff, Anti-angiogenic quassinoid-rich fraction from Eurycoma longifolia modulates endothelial cell function, Microvascular Research, 2013
 22. Nurdianah F. Harif, Zainoodin S. A. Kader, Sanmukh R. Joshi, Narazah M. Yusoff, Seropositive status of dengue virus infection among blood donors in North Malaysia, Asian Journal of Transfusion Science, 2014, 8 Issue 1
 23. Omar Saeed Ali Al-Salahi1., Dan Ji2., Amin Malik Shah Abdul Majid3, Chan Kit-Lam3, Wan Zaidah  Abdullah4, Abdelhamid Zaki1,5, Shah Kamal Khan Jamal Din6, Narazah Mohd Yusoff1*, Aman Shah Abdul Majid1, Anti-Tumor Activity of Eurycoma longifolia Root Extracts against K-562 Cell Line: In Vitro and In Vivo Study , PLOS ONE, 2014
 24. Thirumulu Ponnuraj Kannan, Nik Ahmad Shah Nik Lah, Azlina Ahmad, Siti Fatimah Ramli, Narazah Mohd Yusoff, Ab Rani Samsudin, Genotoxic evaluation of synthetic hydroxyapatite using mammalian bone marrow chromosome aberration test, Archives of Orofacial Sciences, 2014, Arch Orofac Sci (2014), 9(1): 1-7.
 25. Abdullah Ahmed Al-alimi, Syed A. Ali, Faisal Muti Al-Hassan, Fauziah Mohd Idris, Sin-Yeang Teow, Narazah Mohd Yusoff , Dengue Virus Type 2 (DENV2)-Induced Oxidative Responses in Monocytes from Glucose-6-Phosphate Dehydrogenase (G6PD)-Deficient and G6PD Normal Subjects , PLOS Journal of Neglected Tropical Medicine, 2014
 26. K. Wooi Seong, M. Nor Asiah, M. Normi,M. Y. Aliza, A. Norhanim, A. Yasmin, A. T. Nur Syimah, K. Roslaili and M. Y. Narazah, Seroprevalence of Human Herpes Virus 8 among Blood Donors in National Blood Centre, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, International Blood Research & Reviews, 2014, 2(4)
 27. Nur Farrah Dila Ismail1, Nik Mohd Ariff Nik Abdul Malik, Jafar Mohseni, Abdulqawee Mahyoob Rani, Fatemeh Hayati, Abdul Razak Salmi, Mohd Yusoff Narazah, Z.A.M.H. Zabidi-Hussin, Abdul Rashid S et al, Two Novel Gross Deletions of TSC2 in Malaysian Patients with Tuberous Sclerosis Complex and TSC2/PKD1 Contiguous Deletion Syndrome, Japanese Journal of Clinical Oncology, 2014, doi:10.1093/jjco/hyu024, 62
 28. Saleh Ahmed Bin Amro1, Eiman Al Zaabi, Shakir Hussain, Amira Mahmoud Aly, Huda Salman Baqir1, Abdul Hamid Ahmed Zaki, Sultan Ayesh Mohammed Saghir and Narazah Mohammed Yusoff, Molecular Characterization of Glucose-6-Phosphate Dehydrogenase Deficiency in Abu Dhabi District, United Arab Emirates, Tropical Journal of Pharmaceutical Research, 2014, 13 (5): 731-737
 29. Tang Thean Hock, Nadja Bogdanova, Ang Kai Cheen, Sushilnathan Kathirgamanathan, Ridzuan bin Abdullah, Narazah Mohd Yusoff, Wan Zaidah Abdullah, Faizatul Syima Abdul Manaf,Peter Wieacker, Arseni Markof, M2/ANXA5 haplotype as a predisposition factor in Malay women and couples experiencing recurrent spontaneous abortion: a pilot study, Reproductive BioMedicine Online, 2015, , doi: 10.1016/j.rbmo.2014.12.014
 30. Rozi Hanisa Musa, Nor Asiah Muhamad, Afifah Hassan, Yasmin Ayob, Narazah Mohd Yusoff, Molecular basis of Rh blood group system in the Malaysian population, Asian Journal of Transfusion Science, 2015
 31. Norashikin Zakaria, Narazah Mohd Yusoff, Zubaidah Zakaria, Moon Nian Lim, Puteri J Noor Baharuddin, Kamal Shaik Fakiruddin, Badrul Yahaya Human non-small cell lung cancer expresses putative cancer stem cell markers and exhibit the transriptomic profile of multipotent cells BMC Cancer 2015 15:84 doi:10.1186/s12885-015-1086-3
 32. A.M. Paquette, A. Harahap, V. Laosombat, J.M. Patnode, A. Satyagraha, H. Sudoyo, M.K. Thompson, N.M. Yusoff, J.A. Wilder. The evolutionary origins of Southeast Asian      
Ovalocytosis, Infection, Genetics and Evolution 1567-1348 2015
 33. Ponthan, F., Yusoff, N.M., Soria, N.M., Heidenreich, O., Coffey, K. Gene silencing by
RNAi in Mammalian Cells Current Protocols in Molecular Biology ISBN : 19343647John
Wiley & Sons, Inc 2015
34. A Cell Internalizing Antibody Targeting Capsid Protein (p24) Inhibits the Replicatio of HIV-1 in T Cells Lines and PBMCs: A Proof of Concept Study Syed A. Ali, Sin-YeangTeow, Tasyriq Che Omar, Alan Soo-Beng Khoo, Tan Soo Choon, Narazah MohdYusoff PLOS ONE January 2016 DOI:10.1371/journal.pone.0145986
35. RasmaizatulAkma Rosdi, Narazah Mohd Yusoff, Rusli Ismail, Tan Soo Choon, Mohammed Saleem, Nurfadlina Musa, Surini Yusoff High allele frequency of CYP2C9*3(rs1057910) in a Negrito's subtribe population in Malaysia; Aboriginal people of Jahai. Annals of Human Biology ISSN : 0301-4460 201 2016
36. Mohamed Saleem, Narazah Mohd Yusoff Fusion genes in malignant neoplastic
disorders of haematopoietic system Hematology DOI 10.1080/10245332.2015.1106816  

Research Grants

1.   Mechanisms of oncogenic activation of DUSP6 and RUNX1/ETO in human acute myeloid leukaemia FRGS 2/11/2015 - 1/11/2018 RM168,000.00.
2.   Unravelling the Mechanism of Modulation of Telomerase Reverse Transcriptase (TERT) Regulation by the Leukaemic Fusion Gene AML 1/MTG8 RUI (Individual) 15/7/2012 -14/7/2016 RM 191,800.
3.   Development Of Ethno-Pharmacogenetics Relatedness and Personalised Medicine RUC (Cluster) USM (RU) 1/7/2011 - 31/3/2016 RM693,438.69

Student Supervision




1.   Gold Medal Japanese Society for Promotion of Science (JSPS)
2.   RONPAKU Research Fellow, Kobe University Graduate School of Medicine, JSPS
3.   Reviewer for research funds (University and National levels)
4.   Reviewer for local and international journals
5.   Visiting Professor, Newcastle University, UK 2014
6.   Adjunct Professor, Xinxiang Medical University, Xinxiang, China (Since 2012 till now)

Professional Bodies

1.   Human Genome Organisation (HUGO)
2.   Human Genetics Society
3.   Malaysian Society of Haematology
4.   Malaysian Society of Laboratory Haematology – President
5.   Malaysian Transfusion Society

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