Dr. Ahmad Faizal

School of Life Sciences and Technology
Institut Teknologi Bandung
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Ahmad Faizal is interested in the field of plant secondary metabolite and metabolic engineering. During his Ph.D in Ghent University, Belgium, he developed strategies to modulate the production of triterpene saponins  from medicinal plants. These are including the classic tissue culture techniques, polyploidization, genetic engineering of uncommon plant species using Agrobacterium-mediated transformation, flow cytometry, and metabolic engineering.

Research Interest
  • Medical Mosses and Ferns
  • Elucidation of Saponin Biosythesis in Javanese Ginseng
  • Formation of Artificial Agarwood


Research Members

Ph.D Student:

  • Rinda Kirana

Master Student:

  • Sulistyanti Pancaningtyas
  • Ika Qurrotul Afifah
  • Yesy John Mba’u
  • Visi Tinta Manik

Undergraduate Student:

  • Mohamad Yusuf Fahreza
  • Aggy Agatha
  • Nissa Adn’ain
  • Ryan Kharisma N.R (Graduate 2016)
  • Meliawati Dwi Utami (Graduate 2016)
  • Ina Karlina (Graduate 2016)
  • Vatrika Afni Efendi (Graduate 2016)
  • Rina M. Sianipar (Graduate 2016)
  • Fery Febriansyah (Graduate 2016)
  • Katarika Ika Kurniawati (Graduate 2016)
  • Rahman Tri Putra (Graduate 2016)
  • Nadya Ayu Sekarrini (Graduate 2016)
  • Pricillia Amanda (Graduate 2016)
  • Anisah Firda Rahmani (Graduate 2016)
  • Isqim Oktaviani
  • Maria Mashito Makajanma (Graduate 2016)
  • Alda Widya Prihatini Azar (Graduate 2016)


  • Ahmad Faizal, Rizkita Rachmi Esyanti, Elfa Norisda Aulianisa, Iriawati, Erdy Santoso, and Maman Turjaman. 2017. Formation of agarwood from Aquilaria malaccensis in response to inoculation of local strains of Fusarium solani. Trees, 31: 189-197. [ fulltext ]


  • Hans Indra Pramana, Rizkita Rachmi Esyanti, and Ahmad Faizal. 2016. The efficiency of growth medium bioconversion into banana (Musa acuminata, AA) plantlet biomass in temporary immersion system (TIS) RITA® bioreactor with different immersion periods. IMPACT: International Journal of Research in Applied, Natural and Social Sciences, 4: 133-140. [ fulltext ]
  • Kenn Foubert, Taposh Gorella, Ahmad Faizal, Paul Cos, Louis Maes, Sandra Apers, Danny Geelen, and Luc Pieters. 2016. Triterpenoid saponins from Maesa argentea leaves. Planta Medica, 82: 1568-1575 DOI: 10.1055/s-0042-118189. [ fulltext ]


  • Tessa Moses, Jacob Pollier, Ahmad Faizal, Sandra Apers, Luc Pieters, Johan M Thevelein, Danny Geelen, and Alain Goossens. 2015. Unraveling the triterpenoid saponin biosynthesis of the African shrub Maesa lanceolata. Molecular plant, 8: 122-135. [ fulltext ]
  • Ahmad Faizal and Danny Geelen. 2015. Studies on saponin production in tropical medicinal plants Maesa argentea and Maesa lanceolata. AIP Conference Proceedings, 1677: 090009. [ fulltext ]
  • Feby Mayorazaki, Rizkita Rachmi Esyanti, and Ahmad Faizal. 2015. Enhancement of photosynthetic rate through photoperiod using LED in cucumber (Cucumis sativus). MATTER: International Journal of Science and Technology, 2015: 1-12. [ fulltext ]
  • Muhammad Fahri Riadi, Rizkita Rachmi Esyanti, and Ahmad Faizal. 2015. The effect of LED light on production of female flowers in cucumber (Cucumis sativus L.). MATTER: International Journal ofScience and Technology, 2015: 13-23. [ fulltext ]
  • Muhammad Maulana Malikul Ikram, Rizkita Rachmi Esyanti, and Ahmad Faizal. 2015. The effect of photoperiodism with LED light on productivity of female flower in cucumber (Cucumis sativus L.). MATTER: International Journal of Science and Technology, 2015: 24-34. [ fulltext ]


  • Norhayati Daud, Ahmad Faizal, and Danny Geelen. 2013. Adventitious rooting of Jatropha curcas L. is stimulated by phloroglucinol and by red LED light. In Vitro Cellular & Developmental Biology-Plant, 49: 183-190. [ fulltext ]
  • Ahmad Faizal and Danny Geelen. 2013. Saponins and their role in biological processes in plants. Phytochemistry Reviews, 12: 877-893. [ fulltext ]


  • Kenn Foubert, Annelies Breynaert, Mart Theunis, Rita Van Den Bossche, Guido RY De Meyer, André Van Daele, Ahmad Faizal, Alain Goossens, Danny Geelen, Edward M Conway, Arnold Vlietinck, Luc Pieters, and Sandra Apers. 2012. Evaluation of the anti-angiogenic activity of saponins from Maesa lanceolata by different assays. Natural Product Communications, 7: 1149-1154. [ fulltext ]
  • Ahmad Faizal and Danny Geelen. 2012. Agroinfiltration of intact leaves as a method for the transient and stable transformation of saponin producing Maesa lanceolata. Plant Cell Reports, 31: 1517-1526. [ fulltext ]



  • Ahmad Faizal, Ellen Lambert, Kenn Foubert, Sandra Apers, and Danny Geelen. 2011. In vitro propagation of four saponin producing Maesa species . Plant Cell Tissue Organ Culture, 106: 215-223. [ fulltext ]
  • Ellen Lambert, Ahmad Faizal, and Danny Geelen. 2011. Modulation of triterpene saponin production: In vitro cultures, elicitation and metabolic engineering. Applied Biochemistry and Biotechnology, 164: 220-237. [ fulltext ]
No Course Code Course Credit Unit
1 BE-2201 Plant Biology (Laboratory) 1
2 BI-2204 Project in Plant Science 2
3 BE-4202 Plant as Production System 3
4 BA-2101 Plant Physiology and Development 4
5 BI-4097 Final Project 1 0.5