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Dr Sumita Elendran | Lecturer in Pharmacy

Sumita ElendranDr Sumita Elendran studied a Diploma in Biotechnology at the Republic Polytechnic, Singapore, graduating in 2010. Under the International Programme in Biotechnology, she obtained a degree of Bachelor of Science (Biotechnology) from the Faculty of Science at Monash University, Australia in the same year. In 2011, Sumita joined Jeffrey Cheah School of Medicine and Health Sciences at Monash University, Malaysia as a research assistant after which she enrolled for a Masters’ Degree in Biomedical Science and subsequently converted to a Doctor of Philosophy Degree. Sumita completed her PhD in 2017 and in the same year, she was appointed as a Lecturer in Pharmacy at the Reading School of Pharmacy Malaysia at the University of Reading Malaysia. Her current role in the School includes Co-lead for Fundamental of Physiology and Audit Champion.

Sumita’s research expertise is in extracting, isolating and characterizing (physico-chemical) phytochemicals with potential cosmeceutical, nutraceutical and pharmaceutical content. Additionally, developing successful drug delivery systems for phytochemicals to address challenges such as bioavailability subsequently enhancing their therapeutic potential for pharmaceutical applications.


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Speciality areas

Biotechnology, Pharmaceutical Chemistry and Pharmaceutics

Highest qualification and awarding body

PhD, Monash University

UoRM programmes taught/supervised

MPharm 2+2

Research interests

Drug delivery

Current projects

Achieving successful drug delivery systems for phytochemicals
- From physicochemical characterization to in vivo evaluation

Recent publications

Perera, A., Appleton, D., Ying, L. H., Elendran, S. & Palanisamy, U. D. (2012): Large scale purification of geraniin from Nephelium lappaceum rind waste using reverse-phase chromatography. Separation and Purification Technology.

Elendran, S., Wang, L. W., Prankerd, R. & Palanisamy, U. D. (2015): The physicochemical properties of geraniin, a potential antihyperglycemic agent. Pharmaceutical Biology.

Sundralingam, U., Khan, T. M., Elendran, S. & Palanisamy, U. D. (2016): Patient-controlled transdermal 4-hydroxy tamoxifen (4-OHT) vs. Oral Tamoxifen: a systematic review and meta analysis. Pakistan Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences.

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