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Dr. Yvonne Lim Ai Lian is a senior professor at the Department of Parasitology, Faculty of Medicine, Universiti Malaya (UM), Kuala Lumpur and a council member of the Academy of Sciences Malaysia. Currently, she is the Director of International Relations Office (IRO), Universiti Malaya and serves on the University Senate. She was the former president of the Malaysian Society of Parasitology and Tropical Medicine (MSPTM). Her research focuses on host-parasite interactions and the epidemiology and control of neglected tropical diseases primarily among the indigenous communities. Her work has been funded by various national and international grants. Using multidisciplinary approaches and bioinformatics analysis, her team unravelled the mechanisms of how low levels of helminth infection promote growth of probiotic gut microbiota which may lead to the discovery of potential biomarkers and novel interventional strategies towards utilising helminths as a therapeutic approach. Recently, she was awarded the Fulbright Scholar Program for an attachment at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, Laboratory of Parasitic Diseases, USA.