UPM's Staff Profile


Associate Professor Ts. Dr. Emilia Zainal Abidin

I am an academic staff from the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM) and have served in UPM since 2012 upon completion of my Ph.D (Environmental Medicine) at the University of Aberdeen. Among my main interest is air pollution research specifically in the assessment of indoor air exposures and its corresponding relationship with human health. 

I have been collaborating closely with an international research team at the University of Stirling, UK, lead by Associate Professor Dr. Sean Semple. Among our funded projects are Smoke-Free Homes Workshop and MyFamily MySmoke which promotes the use of air quality feedbacks to encourage the implementation of smoke-free homes. Recent fundings of more than RM400,000.00 was awarded to us from the Malaysian Industry-Government Group for High Technology (MIGHT), Prime Minister's Department.

I am leading several projects in 2020 namely 1) fundamental research of identifying critical success factors in the implementation of Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) Management System in Malaysian universities (RM56,500) and 2) prototype development of pineapple harvesting basket to reduce ergonomic risks (RM130,000.00). These are funded by the Ministry of Higher Education Malaysia.

My research team consist of my department members; my Ph.D graduate Dr Aziemah Zulkifli, Miss Nurmuslihah Ahmad Mahmmud and Prof. Dr. Noor Hassim Ismail from the Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia.

I have authored and co-authored more than 50 indexed-scientific articles describing researches that I have been involved in. My scientific profile in Scopus can be found here (https://www.scopus.com/authid/detail.uri?authorId=49461012000). These articles have been published in various national and international journals.

I routinely teach Occupational Health and OSH Management System courses to undergraduates and postgraduates which are based on the well-known ISO45001:2018 for the workplace. I am a competent person for the auditing of OHSAS 18001.

I am heavily involved in supervisions of PhDs, MSc and bachelor students. I am a primary reviewer for the Human Health Research Ethics Committee of Universiti Putra Malaysia and I am also interested in contributing to the industry and community by sharing my work outcome with them. I was recently (Oct 2020) awarded with funds from the Malaysian Innovation Foundation (Yayasan Innovasi Malaysia) to manufacture harvesting tools to be disseminated to selected disadvantaged (B40) farmers in Malaysia.

I contribute to non-governmental organisations namely the Environmental and Occupational Health Association (vice-president) and the Malaysian Women's Action for Tobacco Control and Health (MyWatch) as an Exco member.

I may be contacted at za_emilia@upm.edu.my for any work-related interests.