Professor Maude Elvira Phipps
Maude Elvira Phipps is Malaysian and a human geneticist who graduated with a B.Sc. Honours (Class 1) in Genetics from the University of Malaya, having completed early work on plasmid mediated antibiotic resistance and virulence factors in bacteria. In 1990, she obtained the Cambridge Commonwealth Trust Scholarship award to pursue doctoral studies at the University of Cambridge, United Kingdom where she researched the molecular genetics of Von Hippel Lindau disease and Chromosome 3p- syndrome.
In 1994, she joined the Faculty of Medicine, University of Malaya and contributed substantially to the development of biomedical sciences, specialist training and research programmes. Together with colleagues, she began researching molecular genetics of autoimmune diseases and transplantation mechanisms, in collaboration with researchers the Oxford Transplant Centre and the University of Western Australia, supported by the CICHE and the UNESCO Human Genome Fellowship awards. These efforts resulted in the setting up of a new service for molecular immunogenetics and transplantation matching at the University of Malaya Medical Centre.
Her current research focuses on the genomics of Homo sapiens to answer questions related to our evolution, migration, morphological development and health. Apart from translational medicine, she is a keen advocate of bioethics education and research programmes in Asia, especially in rapidly developing countries which have placed biotechnology high on their development agendas. She has published extensively in international journals, has been an invited speaker at numerous international meetings and supervised many graduate students over the years.
Maude is currently Professor at the Jeffrey Cheah School of Medicine and Heath Sciences, Monash University Malaysia. She is an active member of the Human Genome Organization (HUGO), Australian South East Asian Tissue Typing Association (ASEATTA), the UNESCO Bioethics programme. She is co-chair of the Policy Review Board of the Pan-Asia SNP Initiative and is Vice President of the Genetics Society of Malaysia.
B.Sc Honours (Class 1, Mal), Ph.D (Cantab)