Medic 3

Assoc Prof Dr Zunika Binti Amit   

Academic Post : DS54
Date Joining UNIMAS : 8th July 2008
Qualifications : PhD in Biochemistry(NZ)(2009), M.Sc. in Biological Sciences(USA)(1998), B.Sc. in Biological & Biochemical Sciences(England)(1993)
Citizen : Malaysian
Appointment Status : Permanent
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Working Experiences

  • Lecturer, Faculty of Medicine & Health Sciences, UNIMAS (1998 - present)
  • Tutor, Faculty of Medicine & Health Sciences, UNIMAS (1995-1996)
  • Teacher, SMK Lake, Sarawak, Malaysia (1993-1994)


Current Academic Responsibility

  • Block 6 Coordinator


Research Interests and Projects

  • Effects of antioxidants on low density LDL oxidation
  • Involvement of free radicals in health and diseases
  • Lipid metabolism related to pathogenesis of atherosclerosis


Jump to Articles | Books Proceedings



  • Gieseg, S. P., Crone, E. M., Flavall, E. & Amit, Z.  2008.  Potential to inhibit growth of atherosclerotic plaque development through modulation of macrophage neopterin/7,8-dihydroneopterin synthesis. Brit J Pharmacol, 153, 627-35  
  • Gieseg, S. P., Leake, D. S., Flavall, E., Amit, Z., & Yang, Y.-T.  2008.  Macrophage antioxidant protection within atherosclerotic plaques. Frontiers in Bioscience, 14, 1230-1246  
  • Giner JL, Zhao H, Amit Z, Kaneshiro ES.2004. Sterol composition of Pneumocystis jirovecii with blocked 14alpha-demethylase activity. J Eukaryot Microbiol. Nov-Dec;51(6):634-43  
  • Amit Z, Kaneshiro ES. 2001.  Heterogeneity of Pneumocystis Sterol Profiles of Samples from Different Sites in the Same Pair of Lungs Suggests Coinfection by Distinct Organism Populations. J Clin Microbiol., 39(3):1137-1139  
  • Kaneshiro ES, Amit Z, Chandra J, Baughman RP, Contini C, Lundgren B.  1999.  Sterols Of Pneumocystis Carinii Hominis Organisms Isolated From Human Lungs.  Clin Diag Lab Immun,  6(6):970-976  
  • Chandra J, Amit Z, Baughman RP, Brandon K, Kaneshiro ES. 1999.  PneumocystisInfection Is Correlated With A Reduction Of The Total Sterol Content Of Human Bronchoalveolar Lavage Fluid. J Eukaryot Microbiol, 46(5): 146S-148S  
  • Kaneshiro ES, Amit Z, Swonger MM, Kreishman GP, Brooks EE, Kreishman M, Jayasimhulu K, Parish EJ, Sun H, Kizito SA, Beach DH.  1999.  Pneumocysterol [(24Z)-Ethylidenelanost-8-en-3 beta-Ol], A Rare Sterol Detected In The Opportunistic Pathogen Pneumocystis carinii hominis: Structural Identity And Chemical Synthesis.  Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A 96:97-102   


  • Zunika Amit, Siti Fairouz Ibrahim, Melanie T. Cushion and Thomas M. Sasterhan.  2001. Detection of Pneumocystis carinii in Lungs of Wildlife Mammals from Crocker Range Park by PCR Amplification.  In A Scientific Journey Through Borneo, Crocker Range National Park Sabah Vol. 1. Edited by Ghazally Ismail and Lamri Ali.  Asean Academic Press  
  • Sabri M, Amit Z, Siner A and Candlish J. 2005. Hit The Mark, Questions on Biochemistry. Universiti Malaysia Sarawak
  • Zunika Amit and Steven Gieseg. 2008. OxLDL-induced cell death is inhibited by the antioxidant 7,8-Dihydroneopterin. (Abstract) The New Zealand Medical Journal., 121: 93
  • Zunika Amit, Steven Gieseg. 2006.  Formation of foam cell from human monocyte-derived macrophages in the absence of modified low density lipoprotein. (Abstract) The New Zealand Medical Journal., 119: 1237  
  • Amit Z,  Baughman RP, Kaneshiro ES. 1999. The Occurrence Of Pneumocysterol In Human Samples. J. Eukaryot. Microbiol., (Abstract), 46:7A


Involvement in Professional Organization

  • Member of Society of Free Radical Research, Australasia

Participation in Continuing Education and Services

  • Member of Accreditation Review for FMHS

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