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Biography

Dr Alina Arulsamy is a postdoctoral research fellow in Monash. Her research journey began in 2013, where she joined the Brain Research Institute of Monash Sunway (BRIMS) to undertake an honours research project. After graduating with first class honours, Dr Alina was offered a six-month contract as a research assistant at Monash University Malaysia. During this time, she helped her former co-supervisor in setting up animal behavioural protocols, assisting PhD students in their behavioural, cellular and molecular work, and co-authoring a couple of review articles. These publications awarded her a full PhD scholarship (Beacon of Enlightenment scholarship) at the University of Adelaide, Australia. During her PhD program under the Cognitive Ageing and Neurodegenerative Diseases Lab (CANDL), she developed her passion and expertise in traumatic brain injury. She completed her PhD in due time, with at least ten conference/seminar/workshop presentations, seven publications (three as first author), one shortlisted candidacy for a CMAX (research-business translation) award, and a dean commendation on her thesis for research excellence.

After her PhD, she took a year off in 2019 to focus on herself and travel the world. Twenty-one countries later, she was offered a postdoctoral research position at Monash University Malaysia to work under the guidance of her former supervisor, Dr Mohmad Farooq Shaikh, in March 2020. Despite the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, she managed to obtain six publications and co-supervised three Year 5 medical students in their Scholarly Intensive Placement (SIP) projects. Besides that, she also was awarded an internal grant worth RM10,000 for one of her projects; she also helped in securing another internal grant worth RM100,000 as a co-investigator on another project. Recently, she was appointed as a secretariat for the First Malaysian Epilepsy Congress 2021 and 34th MSPP Scientific Meeting 2021.

Dr Alina’s main expertise lie in traumatic brain injury and animal behaviour studies. She has also ventured into other research areas such as neurodegenerative disease, neuropsychiatry disorders, epilepsy, and more recently, gut microbiota analysis.

Research interests

  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Epilepsy
  • Neurodegenerative diseases
  • Neuropsychiatric disorders
  • Animal studies in drug discovery

Education/Academic qualification

Anatomy and Pathology, Doctor of Philosophy, University of Adelaide

Aug 2015Jun 2019

Award Date: 31 Jul 2019

Medical Bioscience, Bachelor of Science (Honours), MONASH UNIVERSITY

Jul 2010Jul 2014

Award Date: 24 Oct 2014

Research area keywords

  • Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
  • Epilepsy
  • Neurodegenerative Diseases/Disorders
  • Systematic Reviews
  • Neurotrauma
  • Traumatic brain injury - Rehabilitation
  • Neuropsychiatry
  • Animal Disease Models
  • Neuroinflammation

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