Professor Adeeba Kamarulzaman graduated from Monash University and trained in internal medicine and infectious diseases in Melbourne, Australia. She is presently the Dean of the Faculty of Medicine, University of Malaya and an Adjunct Associate Professor at Yale University, USA.
She established the first Infectious Diseases Unit at the University Malaya Medical Centre, and has helped build the discipline nationally. She leads a trans-discipline research group which focuses on key populations including people who use drugs, MSM, transgenders and prisoners. She has used her clinical and academic positions to engage in the national and community response to HIV/AIDS in Malaysia and is presently an EXCO member of the Malaysian AIDS Council and Chairman of the Malaysian AIDS Foundation, a trust that raises funds for HIV related programs.
She is presently a member of the WHO Expert Advisory Panel on Health Science & Technology Policy and is President-Elect of the International AIDS Society. She has played a key role in the establishment and ongoing activities and collaborations of a regional HIV research network initiative; TREAT Asia.
She was the first recipient of the Australian Advance Global Award in 2012 and received a Doctor of Laws (honoris causa) from her alma mater, Monash University in 2015 for her achievements in medicine and as a health advocate.