UPM's Staff Profile


Professor Dr. King is from a family of nine that puts special importance on family values, such as unity, integrity, hard work, respect for others, an inclusive attitude towards all others, and generosity. Her dedicated parents highly value on education and believe it is the best way to prepare their children for the future and enhancing a person's worth and career. Therefore, all her seven siblings are university graduates and high achiever in their own field.

Prof. Dr. King joined Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM) in 2002 and currently is a Professor and the Deputy Director of Institut Ekosains Borneo, UPM, Bintulu campus. Her field of expertise is on Microbiology and Biotechnology. Being an academic, research is a big part of her professional life. Fortunately for Dr King, her passion for research works was kindled at a very young age.

“When I was a child, my older sister used to tell me about the stars and planets in the sky. Her stories however were always inconsistent, which led me to do my own reading in the public library to satiate my curiosity about the outer space. The sense of fulfilment from this little “research” was so satisfying to me as a young child, which eventually ignited my love for research”.

Most of her earlier research and writings were focused on termites’ gut microbiome, which then turned to insect-plant-soil-microbial interactions. She and her team ventured into the research on sustainable agriculture and has since produced several soil improvement agents and sound pest management strategies to improve the agricultural ecosystem’s health and functionality.

Dr. King considers research writing as a big part of her professional life, and also her passion. Until now, she has published more than 30 research articles in citation indexed journals and up to 6 chapters in books.

Throughout her prolific career, Dr. Patricia King has received several awards of recognition:
• Excellent Service Certificate – 2012 – 2021, UPM
• Excellent Service Awards - 2005, 2012 and 2017.
• Bronze Award - 2019 for the Innovation Technology Expo.
• Vice Chancellor Fellowship Award in Applied Science – 2013

As her way of giving back to society, Dr. King is committed to use her vast exposure in sustainable soil and pest management research, to advocate for works to ensure that humans live in harmony with nature. Maintaining the balance between growing societies and the environment.