OUR TEAM

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Dr. Pushpamalar Janarthanan

Senior Lecturer

School of Science

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Dr. Thenapakiam Sathasivam

Post - Doctoral Fellow

School of Science

Current PhD Students
  1. Mary Hui Yee Ling (30 Nov 2020 - 29 Feb 2024) - main supervisor                                                                                Project title: Development of novel biodegradable membrane from oil palm biomass for daily use materials

  2. Jahid Md. Mahabub Islam (15 Dec 2017-14 March 2021)-main supervisor                                                          Project title: Novel Bio-based Nano-capsule for Targeted and Controlled Drug Release

  3. Marjia Sultana- (Sept2019-Aug2022)-co-supervisor                                                                                             Project Title: Preparation and characterization of hydrogel beads containing both probiotics and omega-3 fatty acids and their applications in the food system

  4. Wong Li Wen (Aug2019-July2022)-co-supervisor                                                                                                 Project title: Self-healing hydrogels incorporated with halloysite nanotubes for antimicrobial drug delivery in bone tissue engineering

Completed Students
PhD Students 

 

1. Dr. Nuraina Anisa binti Dahlan - Main Supervisor

    Project title: Biomimetic silver nanoparticles loaded carboxymethylcellulose-based bilayer scaffolds for skin repair and regeneration

2. Dr. Tan Hui Li - Main Supervisor
   
Project title: Fabrication and characterisation of injectable composite hydrogel as a potential scaffold for tissue engineering

 

3. Dr. Ragul Paramasivam - Main Supervisor

    Project title: Development of recombinant multiepitope proteins-based point of care test diagnosis for multiple sexual transmitted diseases in humans

4. Dr. Wong Chew Ee - Co-supervisor

    Project title: Antimicrobial cyclodextrin containing polymers

5. Dr. Ahsanul Kaiser  - Co-supervisor

    Project title: Smart drug delivery and image-guided therapy for cancer with modified carbonate apatite nanoparticles

6. Dr. Vishalini Ghobe - Co-supervisor

    Project title: The ecology of aquatic invertebrates in Malaysian tropical peat swamps

7. Dr. Karthik Deekonda - Main Supervisor

    Project title: Green synthesis of silver nanoparticles and their biomedical applications

8. Dr. Anand Kumar Veeramachineni - Main Supervisor
   
Project title: Synthesis of novel Fe3O4 nanoparticles coated with carboxymethyl sago cellulose and conjugated with 5-fluorouracil for diagnosis and treatment of cancer

9. Dr. Thenapakiam Sathasivam - Co-supervisor

    Project title: Semi-synthetic polymers from Metroxylon Sagu biomass as pharmaceutical excipient in making vegetarian capsules and enhancing dissolution of poorly water soluble drug

10. Dr. Wong Siu Kuin - Co-supervisor

    Project title: Bioactivities of chemical constituents of some Apocynaceae species

 

 
Honours Students

 

1. Michelle Claire Gugler - Main Supervisor

    Project Title:  Fabrication of antimicrobial CMC-CMPVA hydrogel with sodium salicylate loaded halloysite nanotube carrier for a transdermal wound dressing

 

2. Nuraina Anisa Dahlan - Main Supervisor

    Project Title: Developing of carboxymethyl cellulose grafted carboxymethyl polyvinyl alcohol (CMC-g-CMPVA) loaded with various magnetic iron oxide (Fe3O4) nanoparticles for copper removal

 

3. Wong Yeon Yin - Main Supervisor

    Project title: Electron beam irradiation (EB) synthesis of carboxymethyl sago pulp (CMSP) and polyacrylic acid (PAA) hydrogel as colon targeted drug carrier

4. Tan Hui Li - Main Supervisor

    Project title: Preparation and characterization of of carboxymethyl sago pulp (CMSP)/pectin hydrogel beads as drug carrier of colon targeted drug

    

5. Tan Li Shan - Main Supervisor

    Project title: Formation of hydrogel by cross-linking carboxymethyl cellulose from sago pulp with chitosan loaded with ibuprofen

6. Gwendolen Ong Sze Huei - Co-supervisor

    Project title: Formation of hydrogel by cross-linking carboxymethyl cellulose from sago pulp with chitosan loaded with ibuprofen

7. Kimberley Je Teeng Lo - Main Supervisor 

    Project title: Colon-specific drug delivery using carboxymethyl cellulose-psyllium co-polymer hydrogel drug carrier

 

8. Kevin Yong Jenn Ling - Co-supervisor

    Project title:  Preparation and characterization of sago waste derived hydrogel beads and its evaluations as activated sludge immobilization host for p-nitrophenol biodegradation 


9. Ganesh Devakumar - Main Supervisor

    Project title: Preparation and characterisation of controlled release 5-amino salicylic acid incorporated carboxymethyl beads prepared by aluminium chloride and electron beam irradiation for the 

    treatment of inflammatory bowel disease 

Third Year Project Students 

  1. Michelle Claire Gugler  - Project title: An antibacterial  transdermal patch from modified oil palm empty fruit bunch  and polyethylene glycol using 3D printing

  2. Chan Li-Anne - Project title: Compostable cutlery using from oil palm empty fruit bunch (OPEFB) biomass

  3. Goorsha Ramkurun - Project title: Developing of control release microcapsule for drug delivery system by electrospraying

  4. Cheong Hong Dong - Project title: The effect of the addition of graphene oxide and coating layer on the drug release studies for hydrogel beads with various concentration CMSP

  5. Adelyn Sze Hui Wong - Project title: Green biosynthesis of silver nanoparticle using Murraya koenigii leaves extract and its anti-bacterial properties

  6. Ha Zhe Ying - Project title: Effects of coating and graphene oxide addition on the drug release studies of carboxymethyl sago pulp hydrogel beads

  7. Amira Benabdussalam - Project title: Characterization of carboxymethylcellulose-psyllium hydrogel from sago waste and analysis of its potential use in colon targeted drug delivery of ibuprofen

  8. Ilma Ruzni Imtiaz - Project title: Developing control release system of Metronidazole loaded microsphere based treatment for colon cancer

  9. Wong Yeon Yin- Project title: Electron beam (EB) synthesis of carboxymethyl sago pulp (CMSP) and carboxymethyl sago starch as colon targeted drug carrier

  10. Tan Hui Li - Project title: Electron beam (EB) irradiation synthesis of carboxymethyl sago pulp (CMSP) and carboxymethyl sago starch (CMSS) hydrogel for ocular drug delivery

  11. Nabil Yusof - Project title: Developing controlled release systems for colon anticancer drugs by crosslinking cmc to chitosan in a water-in-oil-in-water emulsion to form microspheres

  12. Shalini Kandasamy - Project title: Preparation and characterization of carboxymethyl cellulose (CMC) and psyllium husk hydrogel irradiated with electron beam

  13. Nurhafiza Hanafi - Project title: Developing of controlled release system for 5-fluorouracil from sago waste for treating colon cancer

  14. Zakiah Holing - Project title: Synthesis of radiation cross-linked carboxymethylcellulose hydrogels from sago waste for potential application in ocular drug delivery system and CMC

  15. Velashini - Project title: Preparation of CMC with DS 0.4 and CMC hydrogel by EB irradiation from sago waste

 

Final Year Engineering Practice student

 

  1. Ho Hee Xian (March-June 2019)- Development of cellulose nanocrystals reinforced electrospun lignin-g-PEG nanofibrous scaffold for antibacterial wound dressing

  2. Malisha Samarasekera (March –June 2019)- CMC from oil palm fruit bunch with PLA bilayer films as biodegradable material for active food packaging. 

  3. Johnathan Jansz (March – June 2019)- CMC from oil palm fruit bunch with PVA bilayer films as biodegradable material for active food packaging. 

  4. Clarina (completed June 2016)-Encapsulation of metronidazole in poly-lactic acid coated alginate microcapsules for sustained release

  5. Ng Hong Yi (completed Oct 2015)- Electrospun Microfiber Membranes of Poly (lactic go-glycolic) Acid / Gelatin encapsulated with Drug Loaded Clay Nanotubes for Sustained Antimicrobial Protection and Wound Healing

  6. Chai Zern Bang (completed Oct 2015)- Electrospinning of PLA/halloysite nanotubes membranes for anticancer applications

  7. Muhammad Hafiz Ramli (completed July 2013)- Mechanical properties of chitosan-cellulose membranes prepared by electrospinning and solvent casting methods

Research Interns 

 

  1. Monami Chatterjee (VIT-India) - Project title: Bismuth-containing sulfonated-carboxymethylcellulose as antibacterial hydrogels for future biomaterial applications    

  2. Sharma Snigdha Ashish Pinky (VIT-India) - Project title: Compostable cutlery from oil palm empty fruit bunch (OPEFB) biomass: The behavioral changes on consumers at Monash Malaysia

  3. Nivetha Anbalagan (India) - Project title: Molecular cloning, high level expression and purification of the Beta galactosidase encoding gene LacA from Lactobacillus plantarum to E-coli DH5α’

  4. Wong Jan Cheong - Project title: Antioxidant and antibacterial properties of lignin-g-PEG

  5. Shaveta Sharma (India) - Project title: Lycopene-loaded nanostructured lipid carrier with carboxymethyl oil palm cellulose formulation for topical administration

  6. Anne-Kirsten Verwoerd (Netherlands) - Project title: Preparation and characterisation of CMC incorporated with Fe nanoparticles hydrogel beads for adsorption of heavy metals

  7. Sophie Salama (France) - Project title: Preparation and characterization of low-crossed link CMC hydrogel from plant waste for control drug delivery

  8. Rim Jelassi (France) - Project title: Development of controlled release systems for colon anticancer drugs by crosslinking CMC and chitosan to form Microcapsules

  9. Malgorzata Karolina Pierchala-Gosia (Poland) - Project title: Antibacterial multilayered polylactide acid (PLA)/halloysite (HNT)/Gentamicin membranes for bone regeneration application

 

Research Assistant

  1. Thenapakiam Sathasivam (Dec2019- Feb 2021), Project title: Farmer-friendly and cost-effective handheld vaccine and growth supplements beads delivery system for poultry industry

  2. Thenapakiam Sathasivam (Aug-Oct 2018)Project title: Bismuth-containing sulfonated-carboxymethylcellulose as antibacterial hydrogels for future biomaterial applications.

  3. Puviarasi Meganathan (Nov-Dec2016)Project title: Biodegradable Polymers for Biomedical and Tissue Engineering

  4. Yamuna Sathasivam (21Feb-31Mar2015)Project title: Developing a biodegradable low cross-link carboxymethylcellulose hyrogels from sago waste for control release of colon anticancer drug

  5. Jing Yun Chai (15Dec2014-21Feb2015)Project title: Synthesis and Characterization of Radiation Cross-linked Carboxymethyl Sago Pulp Hydrogels for Sustained Delivery of Ciprofloxacin

  6. Kevin Yong Jenn Ling (23June-22Dec2014)Project title: Synthesis of Radiation Cross-linked Carboxymethyl Cellulose Hydrogels from Sago Waste for Potential Application in Ocular Drug Delivery System and CMC- Tin-porphyrin gel characterization.

  7. Lee Kah Siong (30July-9Sept2014)Project title: Study on carboxymethyl cellulose and psyllium hydrogel characterisation 

  8. StephanieChowYiingYng (Dec2013-Jan2014)Project title: Characterisation of CMC/psyllium using SEM and FTIR

  9. Lam Yi Lyn (Feb 2013-Jan 2014)Project title: Developing a biodegradable low cross-link carboxymethylcellulose hyrogels from sago waste for control release of colon anticancer drug

  10. Ng Siu Kuin (April2013-June 2013)Project title: Developing a biodegradable low cross-link carboxymethylcellulose and physlium husk hydrogels from sago waste for control release of colon anticancer drug,.

  11. Robin Tan Chun Hong (Apr- Dec 2004)Project title: Preliminary studies on preparing carboxymethyl cellulose from sago waste.

  12. Tan Gaik Kooi (Jan-Dec 2001)Project title: Delignification of sago waste to produce sago pulp.