Nutrition Unit

The main role of the nutrition unit is to provide new scientific evidence on palm oil nutrition and keeping abreast with the latest development in science, health and nutrition. The unit focuses on providing scientific evidence for the nutritional properties of both palm oil as well as phytonutrients found in the oil.
Key research areas include lipid nutrition, oxidation, phytonutrients and pre-clinical studies. The unit also conducts human clinical intervention to evaluate the nutritional benefits of palm oil compared to other oils.
Studies have shown that palm oil is a nutritionally-balanced oil and free of trans fats and cholesterol. Scientific findings support that palm oil has a neutral effect on blood lipid profile when consumed within the recommended amounts. Palm oil is rich with a bouquet of phytonutrients such as natural vitamin E – tocotrienols and carotenoids. These phytonutrients are potent antioxidants, which promote better health and prevent diseases.
Moving forward, the Nutrition Unit will serve as the reference centre for dissemination of information and advice on palm oil nutrition.

Our Facilities

Clinical Study Set Up

  • Dining hall for dietary interventions.
  • 2 metabolic clinics with body composition analysers and facilities to conduct clinical evaluations.
  • Metabolic research kitchen to quantify nutritive value of controlled meals prepared for study participants as well as formulation of diets and functional products.
  • Reception area to serve as consultation area and to provide privacy and comfort to volunteers during recruitment and screening.

Pre-Clinical Facility

  • Specific-pathogen-free (SPF) facilities unit to house SPF animals for pre-clinical studies
  • Hematoxylin and eosin (H&E) laboratory for histological studies
  • Cell culture facilities

Nutrition Research Laboratories

  • Nutrition Biochemistry Laboratory
  • Lipid Metabolism Laboratory
  • Nutraceutical Laboratory
  • Instrumentation Laboratories
  • Antioxidant Laboratory
  • Molecular Laboratory
  • Protein Laboratory
  • Cell Culture Laboratory
  • Dark Room Imaging Laboratory




Phenolics Antioxidant Pilot Plant

  • On-site treatment for vegetation liquor from palm oil refinery, to harvest water-soluble phytonutrients, namely as Oil Palm Phenolics (OPP).
  • Production of liquid material of OPP.
  • Pre-sampling process for spray-dried material of OPP.




Meet The Team

DR. KANGA RANI SELVADURAY

Head of Nutrition Unit

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DR. VOON PHOOI TEE

Group Leader Lipid Nutrition

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DR. TENG KIM TIU

Group Leader Diet and Lifestyle

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DR. ZAIDA ZAINAL

Group Leader Phytonutrients

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DR. SITTI RAHMA ABDUL HAFID

Senior Research Officer

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NABIHA IRAN

Research Officer

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Yap Sia Yen

Research Officer

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NG YEN TENG

Research Officer

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Dr Maisarah Ab Fatah

Research Officer

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HJH CHE ANISHAS HJ CHE IDRIS

Principal Research Officer

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Gowri Nagapan

Research Officer

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DR RADHIKA LOGANATHAN

Research Officer

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TAN PEI YEE

Research Officer

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DR. FU JU YEN

Senior Research Officer

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DR. SYED FAIRUS SYED ABU BAKAR

Principal Research Officer

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DR. LEOW SOON SEN

Senior Research Officer

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PUVANESWARI MEGANATHAN

Research Officer

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