Doctor Khayriyyah (Kye) Mohd Hanafiah

Senior Research Officer


Khayriyyah (Kye) began her academic research in epidemiology of hepatitis C virus infection stemming from an internship at the World Health Organization in Geneva. Subsequently, she developed an interest in tuberculosis, which led to studies on development of diagnostic biomarkers of tuberculosis and mucosal infections in her postgraduate training under supervision of Associate Professors David Anderson and Rosemary Ffrench.

Her evolving research interests span viral hepatitis (particularly hepatitis C virus), immunological biomarkers of mucosal infections, antigenic properties of mycobacteria (particularly M. tuberculosis complex), novel antimicrobial strategies against TB and methicillin-resistant S.aureus, and more recently, the development of cross-species diagnostic markers for zoonotic and transboundary animal diseases.

As the winner of FameLab International 2018, the world’s oldest science communication competition, she is actively engaged in efforts for capacity building in science communication in Malaysia.

She leads the development of a training-of-trainers Malaysian Science Communication Module and is a regular columnist for Malaysian daily The Star, at “Science, She Wrote” where she writes on scientific and social developments related to COVID-19.

She is a senior lecturer at the School of Biological Sciences, Universiti Sains Malaysia, Penang, and currently on secondment at Burnet’s Global Health Diagnostics Development Laboratory.


  • Chair, Malaysian Science Communication Module working committee, Young Scientists Network-Academy of Sciences Malaysia
  • FAScinate trainer, Academy of Sciences Malaysia


  • 2021 to present: Senior Research Officer, Burnet Institute
  • 2015 to present: Senior Lecturer, Universiti Sains Malaysia
  • 2009–2015: Fellow, Universiti Sains Malaysia


  • 2015: PhD, Monash University, Australia/Burnet Institute
  • 2011: Masters of Science in Public Health, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, USA
  • 2009: Bachelor of Biomedical Science, International Islamic University Malaysia


  • 2019: Malaysian Ministry of Youth and Sports, Special Award
  • 2018: Universiti Sains Malaysia Excellent Service Award
  • 2018: FameLab, International Final (Science Communication), Winner
  • 2017: Australian Endeavour Research Fellowship Award
  • 2010: Johns Hopkins Vaccine Internship at the WHO

Projects (1)

Current (1)

  • APPRISE - Centre for Research Excellence

Publications (5)

2022 (1)

2021 (1)

2019 (1)

2017 (1)

2016 (1)

  • The global burden of viral hepatitis from 1990 to 2013: findings from the Global Burden of Disease Study 2013.
    Stanaway JD, Flaxman AD, Naghavi M, Fitzmaurice C, Vos T, Abubakar I, Abu-Raddad LJ, Assadi R, Bhala N, Cowie B, Forouzanfour MH, Groeger J, Hanafiah KM, Jacobsen KH, James SL, MacLachlan J, Malekzadeh R, Martin NK, Mokdad AA, Mokdad AH, Murray CJ, Plass D, Rana S, Rein DB, Richardus JH, Sanabria J, Saylan M, Shahraz S, So S, Vlassov VV, Weiderpass E, Wiersma ST, Younis M, Yu C, El Sayed Zaki M, Cooke GS
    Lancet. 2016 Jul; 338(10049):1081-1088