Graduated with a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) degree in 1979 from Universiti Pertanian Malaysia – UPM (currently, Universiti Putra Malaysia). She pursued her postgraduate study at the University of Liverpool, England, receiving a Masters in Veterinary Science (MVSc) degree in Avian Medicine, in 1981, and obtained a PhD degree in Avian Medicine, in 1989 from UPM. She continued with her postdoctoral training at the University of California, Davis, USA (1990-1992), and at Cornell University, USA, in 1993 (under Asian Development Bank Fellowship), where she was involved in molecular pathogenesis research.
Dr. Aini Ideris was appointed as the new Vice-Chancellor of Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM) for a duration of two years; from January 1, 2016 until December 31, 2017.
Professor Aini is a well known Malaysian avian veterinarian. Her research interest is in avian respiratory and immunosuppressive diseases. She has been actively involved in research related to the control of poultry diseases and development of poultry vaccines. Her research has led to the commercialisation of Newcastle disease and fowl pox vaccines, in 1995 and 1996 respectively. In 2005, her research team successfully commercialised another important poultry vaccine, i.e. infectious bursal disease vaccine. They also developed rapid diagnostic methods for avian influenza (bird flu), which is a zoonotic disease, Newcastle disease and Mycoplasmosis. Currently her team is also looking into the development of halal vaccines, utilizing several different carriers, in the bioreactor.
As a distinguished scientist, Professor Aini was appointed as a Fellow of the Academy of Sciences (FASc) Malaysia. She is also a Founding Fellow of Malaysian College of Veterinary Specialists (FMCVS) and Fellow of Malaysian Scientific Association (FMSA). In October 2011, she was elected as Fellow of the Islamic World Academy of Sciences (FIAS). She is actively involved as Council Member of Malaysian College of Veterinary Specialists (MCVS), Board Member of Malaysian Cancer Research Institute (MCRI), and Executive Member of National Cancer Council (MAKNA).
Professor Aini has received many national and international honorary recognitions and awards throughout her career, as a lecturer, researcher and professional. The most recent, she was awarded the prestigious National Academia Award (AAN) 2010, under the category Award for Innovation and Commercialisation, for her successful innovation and commercialisation of Newcastle disease vaccine (NDV4-UPM). AAN is the highest achievement award conferred to Malaysian academics.
She also has a long administrative experience. She was the Acting Head, Department of Veterinary Clinical Studies, in 1989 and 1990, Chairman of Veterinary Teaching Hospital from 1992 to 1998, Deputy Dean of Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, for 9 years (1992 to 2001), Dean, School of Graduate Studies (May 2001 to November 2008), and Chairman, of Malaysian Postgraduate Deans Council from 2005 to 2008. Currently, she is the Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic and International), Universiti Putra Malaysia.