Dr. Sathiya Maran


School of Pharmacy

+603 5514 4429
Room  2-5-34

Dr Sathiya Maran has completed her Post-doctoral Fellowship in Human Genetics and Data Sciences from Perdana University in 2019. She obtained her  Doctor of Philosophy (Human Genetics) and Master of Science (Human Genetics) from the Universiti Sains Malaysia. In 2015, she was awarded the “Chen Student Travel’ award for an outstanding research at the 11th Asia Pacific Conference on Human Genetics held in Vietnam. In 2011, she was conferred with an internship for Genome-Wide Association Study Data Analysis at the Chinese Academy of Science-Max Planck-Gesellschaft (CAS-MPG) Partner Institute, China. Currently she is an active member of the 1Malaysia Human Genome Variome Consortium and she was one of the members of the organizing committee for the launching of the Malaysian node of the Human Variome Project. Her fields of interest are Molecular Medicine & Human Genetics and Computational & system biology. Her research interests are genetics and environmental influence towards the frequency and severity of diseases in humans. She also focuses in next-generation genomic tools to capture genetic determinants, understanding molecular mechanisms and exploring potential biomarkers and advanced personalized medicine associated with non-communicable diseases.


- Post-doctoral Fellowship (Human Genetics) Perdana University, Malaysia, 2019

- Doctor of Philosophy (Human Genetics), Universiti Sains Malaysia, 2017

- Master of Science (Human Genetics), Universiti Sains Malaysia, 2012

Research Experience and Employment History

- 2018 - 2019 - Research Manager, Perdana University - Center for Research Manegement  (PU-RMC)

Awards and Honours


  • Chen Student Travel Awards 
    Title: Long-range PCR sequencing as a novel approach in genetic- analysis of MYH3: a preliminary result. 11th Asia Pacific Conference on Human Genetics. Hanoi Vietnam, 16 September 2015

Research Interest

  • Genetic variations and human diseases
  • To understand how genes are inherited, modified and expressed. To elucidate genotype-phenotype distinctions in defining potential biomarkers and causative mechanisms of non-communicable diseases; focusing in cardiovascular diseases and Helicobacter pylori infection.

  • Clinical next-generation sequencing and bioinformatics
  • Employing high-throughput approaches such as SNP genotyping arrays and resequencing to catalog genetic variants. Perform downstream bioinformatics analysis to detect the clinically relevant structural genomic alterations.

Book Chapters

Book Chapter: Sathiya Maran and Angeline Tan. Understanding Congenital Heart Defects. Knowledge Transfer Programme (2016), vol 1. ISBN: 978-967-0486-67-3

Book Chapter: Sathiya Maran, Thirumulu Ponnuraj Kannan & Sasongko, T.H (2014). Bioinformatics and Biotechnology in Human Genetic Research: A current Scenario. In: Devarajan Thangadurai and Sangeetha, J. (Eds). Biotechnology and Bioinformtics: Advances and Applications for Bioenery, Bioremediation and Biopharmaceutical Research. Toronto, New Jersey: Apple Academic Press, Inc, pp 462-488

Scholarly Journals (Refereed Only)

Siti Aisyah Faten Mohd. Sa’dom, Wan Pauzi Wan Ibrah+B26:B54im,Abdul Rahim Wong, Hashima Hashim, Antonio F.Corno, Sathiya Maran, Mohd Rizal Mohd Zain, Wan Rohani Wan Taib, Huay Lin Tan. Screening of SMAD7 in Malay Patients with Ventricular Septal Defect. American Journal of Cardiovascular Disease, 2016; 6(4): 138–145

Sathiya Maran, Robson Ee,Siti Aisyah Faten, Wan Rohani Wan Taib, Wan Pauzi Wan Ibrahim, Abdul Rahim Wong, Ravindran Ankathil, Mohd Rizal Mohd Zain, Kok Gan Chan, HL Tan. Long-range PCR sequencing as a novel approach in genetic analysis of MYH3: a preliminary result. Anns of Translational Medicine, Vol 3, Suppl 2, 2015.

Wan Khairunnisa Wan Juhari, Nur Aida Md Tamrin, Mohd Hanif Ridzuan Mat Daud, Hatin Wan Isa, Nurfazreen Mohd Nasir, Sathiya Maran, Nur Shafawati Abdul Rajab, Khairul Bariah Ahmad Amin Noordin, Nik Norliza Nik Hassan, Rick Tearle,Rozaimi Razali, Amir Feisal Merican, Bin Alwi Zilfalil (2014) A whole genome analyses of genetic variants in two Kelantan Malay individuals. The HUGO Journal 2014, 8:4.

Sathiya Maran, Mehboob Alam Pasha, Thirumulu Ponnuraj Kannan (2014) Insights into Common Microdeletion Syndromes. IOSR Journal of Dental and Medical Sciences (IOSRJDMS) e-ISSN: 2279-0853, p-ISSN: 2279-0861.Volume 13, Issue 3 Ver. IV. (Mar. 2014), PP 103-110.

Sathiya Maran, Yeong Yeh Lee, Shuhua Xu, Mahendra Raj Sundramoorthy, Noorizan Abdul Majid, Keng Ee Choo, Zilfalil Alwi, David Y Graham (2013) Towards understanding the low prevalence of H. pylori in Malay’s: Genetic variants differ among H. pylori negative ethnic Malays in the north- eastern region of Peninsular Malaysia and Han Chinese and South Indians. J Dig Dis. 2013 Apr; 14(4):196-202. doi: 10.1111/1751-2980.12023.

Sathiya Maran, Yeong Yeh Lee, Shuhua Xu, Nur-Shafawati Rajab, Norhazrini H, Nazri Mustaffa, Noorizan Abdul Majid, Zilfalil Alwi (2013) Deleted in Colorectal Cancer (DCC) gene polymorphism is associated with Helicobacter pylori infection among susceptible Malays from the north-eastern region of Peninsular Malaysia. Journal of Hepato-Gastroenterology, DOI 10.5754/hge12471, 2013; 60(121): Ahead of print.

Maran S, Y Y Lee, Zilfalil BA, Noorizan AM., (2011) A New Paradigm in Medicine: Genome Wide Association Studies. Bulletin Persatuan Genetik Malaysia. Edition Jan-Jul 11.

Maran S, Y Y Lee, Zilfalil BA, Noorizan AM., (2010) Association of Cadherin superfamily genes and Helicobacter pylori Infection among Malays at North- Eastern Peninsular. Journal of Gastroenterology and Hepatology Volume 25 Supplement 2 September 2010.

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