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Ana Masara Ahmad Mokhtar

 Dr. Ana Masara binti Ahmad Mokhtar Ana Masara Binti Ahmad Mokhtar
Ext: 5204
  • Biochemistry
  • Small Rho GTPases
  • Cancer
  • Immunology
  • Tumour immunology
  • Molecular biology

~Happy MIND, Happy LIFE~


Dr. Ana Masara binti Ahmad Mokhtar is a Lecturer at the Bioprocess Technology Division, School of Industrial Technology, Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM). She has a First Class Honor degree in Biomedical Sciences from the Universiti Putra Malaysia in November 2014. In April 2020, She has completed her PhD in Biochemistry from the University of Cambridge, specifically under supervision of Dr Darerca Owen. 

Expert USM: http://experts.usm.my/index.php/main/myexpertcv/OS9XNGRyU21vTkVidG51VjhGcFI2dz09

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  1. Member of Malaysian Society for Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
  2. Member of European Respiratory Society
  3. Member of Malaysian Thoracic Society (MTS) 
  4. Member of Biochemical society 
  5. Member of Cambridge Union
  6. Member of Cambridge Philosophical Society 




Dr Ana's research during her PhD focusing on the role of ACK kinase, small Rho GTPases and their regulators in cancer. Thus, continuing from that research, she is currently interested to study the role of small Rho GTPases as biomarkers and therapeutic targets in tumour immunology, especially in Primary immunodeficiencies (PIDs) and Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). However, she also welcomes collaboration with other researchers in any other fields.

ORCID: 0000-0002-7529-1856

ResearcherID: AAX-6754-2020

Author ID (Scopus): 57200383822

Google scholar: aW6gq7QAAAAJ


  • International conference: The RAS superfamily and related pathways in health and disease (Spain, 2019)
  • International conference: Small G proteins in cellular signalling and disease (United Kingdom, 2018)
  • International conference: Building Bridges in Medical Sciences (United Kingdom, 2017)
  • International conference: 2nd Korea-Asean Symposium on Indonesia Natural Product (Indonesia, 2014)
  • International Workshop on Protein Expression and Purification Strategies (Thailand, 2012)



  • Dewi, D. A. P. R., Thomas, T., Ahmad Mokhtar, A. M., Mat Nanyan, N. S., Zulfigar, S. B., & Salikin, N. H. (2021). Carbapenem Resistance among Marine Bacteria—An Emerging Threat to the Global Health Sector. In Microorganisms (Vol. 9, Issue 10). https://doi.org/10.3390/microorganisms9102147 

  • Hashim, I. F., & Ahmad Mokhtar, A. M. (2021). Small Rho GTPases and their associated RhoGEFs mutations promote immunological defects in primary immunodeficiencies. The International Journal of Biochemistry & Cell Biology137, 106034. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.biocel.2021.106034

  • Murphy, N. P., binti Ahmad Mokhtar, A. M., Mott, H. R., & Owen, D. (2021). Molecular subversion of Cdc42 signalling in cancer. Biochemical Society Transactions. https://doi.org/10.1042/BST20200557

  • Ahmad Mokhtar, A. M. binti, Ahmed, S. B. M., Darling, N. J., Harris, M., Mott, H. R., & Owen, D. (2021). A Complete Survey of RhoGDI Targets Reveals Novel Interactions with Atypical Small GTPases. Biochemistry, acs.biochem.1c00120. https://doi.org/10.1021/acs.biochem.1c00120

  • Ahmad Mokhtar, A. M., Hashim, I. F., Mohd Zaini Makhtar, M., Salikin, N. H., & Amin-Nordin, S. (2021). The Role of RhoH in TCR Signalling and Its Involvement in Diseases. In Cells (Vol. 10, Issue 4). https://doi.org/10.3390/cells10040950

  • Ahmad Mokhtar, A.M. bin, Makhtar, M.M.Z., Ahmad Mokhtar, A.M.:Waste and health: Sewage sludge and its hazard to human. Springer (2021) - Accepted

  • Sabri, M.N.I.M., Ahmad Mokhtar, A.M.,Salikin, N.H., Shamsudin, N.A., Makhtar, M.M.Z.: Anaerobic Digestion Process for Biogas Production in Malaysia. Springer (2021) - Accepted 

  • Shamsudin, N.A., Sabri, M.N.I.M., Tajarudin, H.A., Ahmad Mokhtar, A.M.,Makhtar, M.M.Z.: The Future Promising Alternative Renewable Energy from Microbial Fuel Cell. Springer (2021) - Accepted

  • Makhtar, M.M.Z., Ahmad Mokhtar, A.M.,Syafiq, M.D., Alkarimiah, R., Sabri, M.N.I.M.: Pretreatment and Process Hydrolysis of Malaysia Bioresources. Springer (2021) - Accepted 


  • Binti Ahmad Mokhtar, A. M. (2020). Investigating the Functional Interaction between RhoGDI Family Proteins and Activated Cdc42 associated-kinase (ACK) (Doctoral thesis). https://doi.org/10.17863/CAM.54716 


  • Yazan, L. S., Zainal, N. A., Ali, R. M., Muhamad Zali, M. F. S., Sze, O. Y., Sim, T. Y., …Mokhtar, A.M, Alwi, S. S. S. (2018). Antiulcer properties of kelulut honey against ethanolinduced gastric ulcer. Pertanika Journal of Science and Technology, 26(1), 121–132. 


Main supervisor:

  1. NUR LIYANA ATHILAH BT MOHD AFFANDI- Bachelor of Technology (Bioprocess): A comparative analysis of anti-inflammatory, anti-hyperglycemic and cytotoxic properties of Streblus asper and Christia vespertilionis aqueous leaves extracts (2020-2021)


2021-2023: The Immunomodulatory Effect of Christia Vespertilionis Leaf Extract on BAFF-mediated B cell proliferation and Differentiation (Short-term, USM)


Awards and Recognition

  • Silver award, MTE 2021: Smart Intruder detector with Internet of Things (IOT) Application Powered by Electricity Generation from Microbial Fuel Cell using Household Waste
  • Research Studentship award from Cambridge Philosophical Society (2019)
  • Travel Award from Newnham College (2018)
  • Gold Medal award from Yayasan Tunku Abdul Rahman (2015)
  • Gold Medal Royal Education award from The Conference of Ruler Malaysia (2014)
  • The winner of Hiroshima Global Consultant for Best Student in Biomedical Sciences, Universiti Putra Malaysia (2014)

Reviewer for journal:

  1. Probiotics and Antimicrobial Proteins


Dr. Ana Masara binti Ahmad Mokhtar
Bioprocess Technology Division
School of Industrial Technology
Universiti Sains Malaysia
11800 Penang

Email: anamasara@usm.my
Tel: 04-6535204 

~Happy MIND, Happy LIFE~

For those who are interested to apply for postgraduate research studies, please feel free to contact me through my email :)


School of Industrial Technology, Building G07, Persiaran Sains, Universiti Sains Malaysia 11800 Pulau Pinang, Malaysia.
Tel: +604 653 2219 | Fax: +604-653 6375 | Email: dean_ind@usm.my

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