Diagnostic Lecture Series 2021: Essentials in The Clinical Microbiology Laboratory

Event Date : 23/08/2021 - 24/08/2021
Event Time : 9:00 am - 12:30 pm
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Online via Zoom
CPD Points
A2 – 4 (each day) (By MMA)

This intensive microbiology workshop consists of two parts, virology (Day 1) and bacteriology (Day 2). The virology workshop will focus on safety in microbiology laboratory, SARS CoV-2 testing, Covid vaccine readiness and safety. The bacteriology workshop will offer insights into fundamental clinical microbiology techniques, causative microbial identication methods, and CLSI guidelines (including antibiotic sensitivity and resistance).

Expert speakers will share their knowledge via interactive lectures and case studies. They aim to provide valuable information to improve practice and benefit participants from various levels of expertise, from junior scientists to veteran microbiologists.

The event is part of an annual lecture series, during which we strive to cover relevant, up-to-date topics in biomedical sciences, and provide quality professional training for participants.


  • To support lifelong learning and career development in diagnostic laboratory science
  • To enhance essential knowledge and skills in the field of medical microbiology among participants

Keynote Speakers

  • Prof Victor Lim
    Pro Vice-Chancellor (Special Functions) and Professor of Pathology, International Medical University
  • Prof Datuk Dr Lokman Hakim Bin Sulaiman
    Professor of Public Health, Director of Institute for Research, Development and Innovation (IRDI), and Pro Vice-Chancellor for Research, International Medical University
  • Yu Kie d/o Chem
    Head of Virology Section and Subject Matter Expert (Dengue), National Public Health Laboratory, Ministry of Health
  • Prof P. K. Rajesh
    Deputy Vice-Chancellor Academic and International Affairs, AIMST University
  • Dr Katrina Chung Pooi Yin
    Senior Lecturer and Microbiologist, International Medical University
  • Dr Amalraj Fabian Davamani
    Senior Lecturer and Microbiologist, International Medical University


8:45am Opening Ceremony
9:00am-10:00am Lecture 1 – Safety in the Microbiology Laboratory

  • Sample handling, aseptic techniques
  • Laboratory hazards
  • Laboratory acquired infection
Prof Victor Lim (IMU)
10:15am-11.15am Lecture 2 – SARS-CoV-2 Testing: Principles and Challenges

  • Molecular and serology methods
  • Challenges in sample collection, analytical and post-analytical stage


Mdm Yu Kie Chem (MKAK)
11:30am-12:30pm Forum 1 – Covid-19 Vaccine Readiness and Safety
  • Prof Lokman Hakim bin Sulaiman (IMU)
  • Prof Victor Lim (IMU)
  • Mdm Yu Kie Chem (MKAK)

9:00am-10:00am  Lecture 3 – Microbial Identification: Culture Dependent Method

  • Culture, smear and staining
  • Confirmational tests
  • Results interpretation
  • Case Study 
Prof P. K. Rajesh (AIMST)
10:15am-11:15am  Lecture 4 – Microbial Identification: Culture Independent Method

  • Immunological method
  • Molecular method
  • Sequencing method
Dr Katrina Chung (IMU)
11:30am-12:30pm  Forum 2 – CLSI Guidelines

  • Antibiotic sensitivity and resistance 
  • Prof P. K. Rajesh (AIMST)
  • Dr Katrina Chung (IMU)
  • Dr Amalraj Fabian Davamani (IMU)
12:30pm-12:45pm Closing Remark  

Registration Fee (inclusive of SST)

One Day * Two Days
 Regular RM30 RM60
 IMU Alumni / IMU Staff / Student (Non-IMU) RM21 RM42
 Student (IMU) RM15 RM30

* To select either 23 or 24 August 2021

  • 23 August 2021 – Virology
  • 24 August 2021 – Bacteriology
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