Fatimah Ibrahim received her B.Sc.E.E. degree from Marquette University, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA in 1986, the M.Sc. Electronics (Medical Systems) degree from the University of Hertfordshire, UK in 1994 and Ph.D. degree in Biomedical Engineering from University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia in 2005. She is a certified Professional Chartered Engineer awarded by the Board of Engineer Malaysia (BEM) in 2012.
She is one of the most leading and prominent woman Biomedical Engineer in Malaysia. She has been instrumental in the progress of biomedical engineering (BME) in Malaysia, responsible for establishing the pioneering Department of BME at the University of Malaya in 1997. She introduced and initiated Biological Micro-Electro-Mechanical System (BioMEMS) field of research as a result of technology transfer from University of California Irvine, United States to Department of Biomedical Engineering, University of Malaya. This results to the establishment of Medical Informatics and Biological Micro-Electro-Mechanical System (MIMEMS) Specialized Laboratory which she founded and headed since 2008. It is the very first specialized BIOMEMS laboratory in Malaysia and one of the promising counterparts in Asia. In 2013, MIMEMS Specialized Laboratory has been upgraded to become the Centre for Innovations in Medical Engineering (CIME), Faculty of Engineering, University of Malaya.
Her research interests are wide-ranging, and currently lie in the areas of diagnostic, detection and monitoring of subtropical infectious diseases, physiological measurement & modeling and biosensing. She is also currently involved in the 3 major High Impact Research Projects (HIR) which is Design and Construction of Early Detection of Dengue (RM1.2mil), Malaysian Elderly Longitudinal Research (RM 4.0 mil) and study on brain signal modulation among methadone maintenance clients receiving an adjunct acupuncture treatment (RM 1.3 mil). She is one of the leading figures in dengue infection research in Malaysia, and her findings have been published in international journals and WHO dengue bulletin. She had won until to date, 3 Gold Medals, 2 Silver Medals and a bronze medal in various International and National Inventions, Innovations, Design & Technology Exhibitions.
She also holds total of 13 Intellectual Property (5 patents pending and 8 pending for approval) currently as a result of her research in the area of medical diagnostic, BioMEMS, Biosensor, rehabilitative and also medical informatics. She has published up to 80 academic publications on her research which includes publication in reputable journals such as Biosensor & Bioelectronics, Lab on a Chip, Analytical Chemistry, Sensors & Actuators, and PLOS One to name a few. In BioMEMS research, particularly centrifugal microfluidic field, she had introduced a number of advanced valving systems and fluidic manipulation techniques for biomedical processes. Her latest contribution includes the breakthrough fabrication and development of polymeric biochips and microspheres biosensor which have successfully enhanced detection of the Dengue virus up to 15 times higher than existing clinical practices. These findings are a medical breakthrough in the field of bio-polymers and microbiology. It is also beneficial and gives an impact for the healthcare industry in Malaysia and the rest of the world.
In the year of 2005, she was the recipient of a MYR 2 million grant from the Malaysian Prime Ministerial Special Research Grant on “Salat: Perspective on Biomedical Engineering”. Her research output has been documented and published in one of the best seller book in Malaysia entitled ‘Salat benefit from science perspective: to reveal the scientific facts behind the act of Salat’. Her research output has given a high impact on the betterment of mental and body physiology in global Muslims society. She published Science Salat research outputs into 9 books, 8 international Journals and opens a “Science Salat Therapy Clinic” to serve the public. Currently, she is engaged in a Community Project directly under Minister of Education II, YB Dato’ Seri Idris Bin Jusoh. The Community Project is continuity from the SALAT project which intends to educate school students and public community on the outcome of the SALAT from Perspective of Biomedical Engineering.