Dr. Nurhidanatasha Abu Bakar completed a BSc (Hons.) in Biology from Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM) in 2001. In 2004, she obtained a Masters in Zoology (Parasitology) from the same university. She then joined the laboratory of Prof. Dr. Leann Tilley from La Trobe University, Melbourne, Australia and began her doctoral studies in 2006-2011. Her PhD research was based on the cellular and molecular biology of the malaria parasite, Plasmodium falciparum and the mechanism of action and resistance of the antimalarial drug, artemisinin that resulted in 3 high-impacted publications in Journal of Cell Sciences (JCS), Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America (PNAS) and Journal of Structural Biology (JSB). She then joined Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) in 2011 as a lecturer and researcher focusing on the study of the timing of artemisinin action on P. falciparum development stages, the establishment of P. knowlesi in vitro culture, and the discovery of potential new antimalarial compounds from natural medicinal plants. She has continuously been involved in teaching, supervising and mentoring undergraduate and postgraduate students from local and international with grants from university and ministry and been invited as a speaker at international conference and seminar series.