Vision and Mission

The Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine (PALM) vision is to be recognized for excellence in pathology education, diagnostic pathology service and research.

The missions of the department are:

    1. To provide outstanding undergraduate and postgraduate education in the fields of pathology
    2. To provide the highest quality of laboratory medicine service
    3. To lead and support scientific research
    4. To integrate Islamic values in all activities in order to promote personal and professional development


The Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine of the International Islamic University Malaysia was established in 2015. It is responsible for academic training in basic medical sciences, clinical and allied health sciences for undergraduate and postgraduate students in IIUM. The department is providing medical laboratory service which forms an integral part of its activities in Sultan Ahmad Shah Medical Centre (SASMEC) @IIUM. It also fosters basic sciences, clinical and translational research through multidisciplinary collaborations with the clinical as well as other departments.

PALM Organizational Chart


Undergraduate Programme

The Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine is heavily involved in the management and teaching-learning activities of the Phase I Undergraduate Medical Programme. The academic staff conduct the teaching-learning activities for all courses in the Phase I which include MBBS 1109, MBBS 1210, MBBS 1311, and MBBS 1410 of the Year 1 and MBBS 2109, MBBS 2210, MBBS 2310, and MBBS 2410 of the Year 2. These courses comprise of general pathology, anatomic pathology, haematology, transfusion medicine, chemical pathology, medical microbiology and medical genetics subjects. The academic activities conducted include lecture, practical session, quiz/tutorial, problem-based learning, seminar, case discussion and clinical skills session. The department is also involved in the teaching-learning activities of the clinical phases (Phase II and III) related to pathology subjects as well as the Islamic Input in the Medical Programme (IIMP) for all phases.

Postgraduate Programme

The Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine has embarked on the Master of Medical Sciences in Clinical Pathology Programme by mixed mode in the year of 2021. The courses offered include Chemical Pathology, Haematology, General Pathology and Medical Genetics. These courses cover topics that are crucial for the understanding of disease processes which form the foundation of medicine, at a postgraduate level. Students will also learn and acquire skills related to diagnostic and research laboratory techniques. Additionally, they will have the opportunity to embrace what have been learned through application of the knowledge and skills acquired during case-based discussion sessions and laboratory attachment. This is a 2-year programme, which is divided into 2 phases (coursework and research).

The department also offers Doctor of Philosophy in Clinical Pathology (a 3-year programme) and Master of Health Sciences in Clinical Pathology (a 2-year programme). Both programmes are by research mode.

Current Active Students

Postgraduate Activities

Diagnostic Laboratory Service

In addition to contributing towards the undergraduate and postgraduate academic activities, the department provides diagnostic laboratory service for the clinical departments of Sultan Ahmad Shah Medical Centre (SASMEC) @IIUM. The laboratory also serves the IIUM Family Health Clinic and IIUM Medical Specialist Centre. The diagnostic service provided is in the fields of chemical pathology, microbiology, anatomic pathology, transfusion medicine, haematology and medical genetics. The diagnostic laboratory is equipped with high end facilities for this purpose. The department is in the process of acquiring accreditation MS ISO 15189:2014 for quality and competence in medical laboratories.

Research Laboratory Service

Laboratory service related to research works are also provided by the department. The service includes the following:

Histology / Histopathology

Routine Histo (H&E Stain), Special Stain (Masson Trichrome, Van-Giesson, PAS stain etc), Immunohistochemistry, Slide Image Scanning, Teaching Slide Preparation

Molecular Biology

DNA/RNA Purification, PCR, RNA Integrity Assay and Gel Imaging System


Full Blood Count

Routine Human Biochemistry

Liver Function Test, Renal Function Test, Lipid Profile, Blood Sugar and etc.

Medical Microbiology

Culture & Sensitivity, Dengue Test, HIV, Hepatitis C & Hepatitis B

Research and Publications

Number of Publications in the Department in Last 5 Years
Number of Publications in the Department in 2021
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% of Department Publications from total KOM Publications in 2021

(Source from IIUM Repository)


Academic Staff

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Nor Zamzila Abdullah

Head of Department, Associate Professor

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Norlelawati A. Talib

Associate Professor

Asst. Prof. Dr. Asmah Hanim Hamdan

Assistant Professor

Asst. Prof. Dr. Azliana Abd Fuaat

Assistant Professor

Asst. Prof. Dr. Khairunisa Ahmad Affandi

Assistant Professor

Asst. Prof. Dr. Norhidayah Kamarudin

Assistant Professor

Asst. Prof. Dr. Dhamirah Nazihah Mohd. Nasiruddin

Assistant Professor

Asst. Prof. Dr. Sarah Abdul Halim

Assistant Professor

Asst. Prof. Dr. Nurdiyana Mohammed

Assistant Professor

Support Staff

Zatur Rawihah Kamaruzaman

Science Officer

Wan Norulkhamisa Wan Muda

Medical Lab Technologist

Nuur Farhana Zulkefli

Medical Lab Technologist

Mohamad Zikri Sazali

Medical Lab Technologist

Nor Shakila Zainal

Medical Lab Technologist

Nadzirah Shaafi

Medical Lab Technologist

Muhammad Hazim Hamli

Medical Lab Technologist

Nazatul Maisarah Sukor

Medical Lab Technologist

Muhamad Aizad Adnan

Medical Lab Technologist

Nur Afiqah Azman

Admin. Assistant (PT)

Contact Us:

Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine (PALM), Kulliyyah of Medicine,

Level 1, Sultan Ahmad Shah Medical Centre (SASMEC) @IIUM,

International Islamic University Malaysia,

Jalan Sultan Ahmad Shah, Bandar Indera Mahkota,

25200 Kuantan, Pahang Darul Makmur.