Dr. LYANA KHAIRUDDIN
Student, University of Oxford, United Kingdom
Lyana Khairuddin is currently reading for a Master of Public Policy at the Blavatnik School of Government,
University of Oxford; funded by Chevening-Khazanah Scholarship with contributions from the Weidenfeld-
Hoffman Trust (WHT). She is the first Malaysian on the WHT Leadership Programme.
She was conferred a PhD from the University of Queensland in 2011 for her work in Human
Papillomavirus (HPV), applying RNA interference to control cervical cancer progression. Upon her return
to Malaysia, her research interests included co-infection of HPV and HIV; where issues surrounding
communicable diseases piqued her interest in policy. Beyond the confines of a laboratory, Lyana is an
active member of civil society, founding the “I am #26” petition to reform the implementation of Shariah
Laws in Malaysia, and the #bringbackhekebaya movement to celebrate Malaysian culture.
Her column, “naturalLy” published by The Star Media Group is her social commentary on Malaysian life –
especially calling for women’s participation, inclusivity, reform, and progressive values in local society.
She was a Research Fellow with Penang Institute in Kuala Lumpur prior to her current studies in Oxford.