Noor Azina Ismail is Professor at the Department of Applied Statistics and a former Dean of the Faculty of Economics and Administration, University of Malaya, Malaysia. She obtained her degrees in Bachelor of Science (Hons.) majoring in Statistics and Master of Statistics from the University of New South Wales, Australia. She joined University of Malaya in 1991 and a few years later, went back to Australia to continue her study. In 2000, she received the doctoral degree from the Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia. She is the first Malaysian academic to gain PhD in Medical Statistics. Her specific methodological interests are in hierarchical modelling, structural equation modelling, Bayesian statistics and mixture models. Her applied interests are in public health, biostatistics, mathematics of education, demography and social statistics. She was and still is involved in research and consultancy projects, resulting in substantially large amount of grants.
She taught basic and advanced quantitative analysis and statistics courses to economics and business students and has supervised to completion a total of 8 doctoral students, more than 30 master students. She developed a statistical procedure using scan statistic to analyze hospital outcomes as an alternative to statistical control chart. Dr. Noor Azina is an established academician and has to-date published more than 100 publications, including journal articles (30 of them are listed in Thompson ISI), conference proceedings, books, chapter in books, monographs, working papers and research reports for both private and government agencies. She has presented papers in various seminars and conferences, both locally and internationally. She contributed to the fundamental and applied research in statistics.