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Aishath Naila

Aishath Naila

Academic Staff Member

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I have over ten years of experience in the field of food science and food technology, academia (teaching, research and student research project supervision), industry and regulatory affairs. This experience also includes regulatory work, laboratory (food chemistry and microbiology), HACCP systems, accreditation of laboratories and food industry experience, inspection and enforcement experience, and food quality assurance. Additionally, I have more than five years of academia experience. 

I am passionate about teaching, research, and innovation. My hobbies outside of my work include jogging and going to the gym.


  • NZAID Scholarship, 2008-2012


  • PhD in Sciences, Food Technology
  • MSc in Food Technology
  • BSc in Food Science and Food Technology

Areas of expertise

Industry experience, affiliations, and achievements

  • ISO 9001 Quality management, ISO 17025 accreditation.
  • Attended various international conferences in the field of food science and food technology.
  • Research Development office: Head of research project division: Maldives National University.
  • Research grants awarded, Maldives National University, Maldives: Investigation of honey quality including adulterants- work published.
  • Research grant awarded by WHO: trans-fat content in fats and oil products available in the Maldives- work published.
  • Over 20 journal articles published in Scopus indexed journals, and more than 30 articles and book chapters published in various peer-reviewed journals and books. The most cited article received more than 600 citations.
  • Journal reviewer for Food Science and Food Technology related journals.
  • Laboratory technologist: food chemistry, food microbiology.
  • Public Health Laboratory, Ministry of Health. Maldives.
  • Scientific Officer/Director: Food Inspection and Enforcement division, Maldives Food and Drug Authority (MFDA), Ministry of Health, Maldives.
  • Post-Doctoral Fellow- Malaysia University Pahang (UMP), Malaysia.
  • Assistant Professor/Senior Research Fellow- Maldives National University, Maldives.

Research activity

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What do you enjoy about teaching/your job?

I enjoy teaching and seeing my skills contribute to students' learning. 

What do you love about your area?

I love that this field will never outdate and the continuity in research and innovation

Tell us about your experience in the industry

I have contributed to the industry, particularly in the field of quality assurance: HACCP-based inspection system- auditor, consultant; fish and fishery industry regulatory enforcement to comply with various countries' standards.

What keeps you busy outside of Media Arts?

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