Assoc. Prof. Dr. Suhaimi Napis received his BSc (Biology) and MSc (Veterinary Immunobiology) from Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa, USA. He holds a Doctorate degree from the University of Durham, UK in the field of Plant Molecular Biology. He relies heavily on many bioinformatics tools to facilitate his research and managed to bring the first ever bioinformatics computing facility of Australian National Genomic Information Services (ANGIS) to Malaysia and was instrumental in the initiation of the formation of Malaysian Bioinformatics Network and also Asia Pacific Bioinformatic Network (APBioNet).
He was involved from the very beginning in Testbed Environment for Multimedia Applications and Networking (TEMAN) Project and then TEMAN2; the initiative that mark the birth of MYREN in 2005 which entered into the second phase (MYREN2) in March 2010 and this year MYREN enters its third phase (MYREN3) where all public higher education institutions from universities to community colleges are connected. He is now involved in the strategic development of next generation MYREN (MYREN-X) with the ultimate aim of connecting all the above with dedicated fiber-optics network infrastructure complete with cloud services focusing among others research computing infrastructure, 21st Century Classroom, Central Repositories, Identity Federation and Access Management and Communication & Collaboration which will form the future core infrastructure of Malaysia’s education and research. He was also involved in the formation of Malaysian Citation Centre and develop its strategic future direction in 2014.
In continuation of his work on better security of the internet, he co-founded SIFULAN (Secure Identity Federation on Unified Lightweight Access Management) a Malaysia’s Authentication and Authorization Infrastructure Trust Framework in April 2014 with the help of GAKUNIN Japanese Academic Access Federation and SIFULAN is now working towards full implementation through-out the country after having registered as member of Research and Education Federation (REFEDs) GEANT European Research Network. Later in 2016, he was appointed as member of APAN Task Force for Identity and Access Management headed by Australian Access Federation.
In April, 2016 he was appointed as the Technical Advisory Committee member to give advise and strategic direction of MYREN-X which is now awarded the Network Facility Provider (NFP), Network Service Provider (NSP) and also most importantly Internet Service Provider (ISP) by MCMC equivalent to Telekom Malaysia, Maxis, TIME, and others and expected to begin operation by providing up to 100Gbps to UPM and other research universities by end of 2017.
In November 2016 he co-founded Asia Open Access (AsiaOA) under Consortium of Open Access Repository (COAR) based in Göttingen State and University Library, Germany to promote global knowledge commons based on open access and open science.
He has been involved with APAN since its formation over 20 years ago in 1997 where he assumed positions among others as the Director, Natural Resource Area (2004-2010) and Program Committee Member (2010-present) and participates in working groups (WGs) of agriculture, medical, distance learning, earth monitoring, sensor GRID and more recently involved in Identity and Access Management. He is also the Deputy Chairman for Application Area (2012-present) working groups.
He was the Principal Investigator (PI) project partner of the recently completed EUASIAGRID Project, an EU-FP7 (Support Action) grant (2008-2010) focusing on supporting Grid for bioinformatics. He initiated the installation of BIRUNI GRID with High Performance Computing capacity of up to 400 cores in UPM for Bioinformatics/Computational Biology and computational chemistry. BIRUNI GRID is now a certified European Grid Initiative (EGI) site. In continuation of this project, he is now involved in another EU-FP7 project named EGI-InSPIRE and regularly attended the project meeting across Europe twice a year since 2008. The project ensures sustainability of the Grid facilities that has been extablished and certified as well as to promote greater awareness and larger number of researchers to be involved in Malaysia. He has pledged to contribute some efforts as Asia Pacific Partner towards the continuation of EGI-InSPIRE to become European Open Science Cloud (EOSC) under Horizon 2020. He is now involved in the EGI’s Disaster Mitigation Competency Centre Initiative headed by Academia Sinica Taiwan and about to continue the project after signing the Grant Agreement soon.
He is among the key player of TransEurasian Information Network Phase since Phase 2 (TEIN2) which links MYREN to GEANT, the research network linking over 33 institutions throughout Europe and also involved in the Internet2 link to the USA. He was a Member of TransEurasian Information Network (Phase 4) (TEIN4) Task Force to carry out feasibility study for future Model of TEIN connectivity and operation. TEIN4 is operational now and moving into Asi@CONNECT (TEIN5).
He was also involved in the National Road Mapping exercises on both Grid computing and bioinformatics and just completed the review of the Terms of Reference for National Grid Computing Initiative. He was actively involved in the Technopreneur Development Flagship of MDEC and started the Business Plan Competition among university students. Recently, the National Grid Computing Initiative (NGCI) undergoes massive reorganization and now Academic Grid will become the virtual organization (VO) for Grid development in Malaysia. Through his personal effort, Malaysian Identity Federation and Access Management (MyIFAM) has been approved as Member of International Grid Trust Federation and able to issue Grid User Certificates for Malaysian research community. Effort is also now underway to have NGCI to be under Malaysian Research and Education Network (MYREN) and to be developed as a shared facility of high-performance computing in the cloud in the next phase of MYREN.
His past research projects included: i) the development of salt tolerance rice using genes from mangrove plant (UPM), ii) development of kenaf for faster growth and increased core fiber length using gene involved in plant growth hormone pathway (FRGS), iii) development of novel protein expression system using green microalgae (E-Science), iv) use of anolyte water in the open-system production of broiler chickens (TechnoFund), v) EUAsiaGrid Project (EU-FP7 Support Grant) Grid computing development project, vi) European Grid Initiative EGI-InSPIRE Project (EU-FP-7 unfunded partner) and vii) Development of Identity Federation for Malaysia. Presently, he is involved in two research projects namely: i) Molecular Characterization of Transgeges and Transgene Products of Genetically Modified Hevea Trees from the Confined Field Planting at SPKT Penawar,ii) The Development of Science Cloud Cyberinfrastructure to Support Research and Development Towards Industrial Revolution 4.0 (IR4.0).
He was the Chief Technology Officer and Director of InfoComm Development Centre (iDEC) which he helped established in 2006 for a total of over 6 years until June 2012. Apart from his administrative responsibility as Deputy Director (Private and International Grants Division) of Research Management Centre, he lectures at the Department of Cell and Molecular Biology, Faculty of Biotechnology and Biomolecular Sciences in the subjects of Cellular and Molecular Biology, Bioinformatics, and Commercialization of Biotechnology.