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Dr. Usha Sundralingam obtained her undergraduate degree in Pure Chemistry (B.HONS) from University Science Malaysia (2007) and a master’s degree (M.Sc, Drug Delivery) from The School of Pharmacy, University College London (UCL) (2009), UK. Thereafter, she began her research career in UCL as a Peadiatric formulation research assistant for 1.5 years before moving back to Malaysia in 2011. Subsequently she started her PhD at JCSMHS Monash University Malaysia looking into the development of a transdermal drug delivery system (Transfersome) for the treatment of breast cancer using ratite oils. Following that, she joined the Faculty of Medicine, SEGi University Malaysia as a Chemistry lecturer for the Bachelor in Biomedical Sciences in November 2016. During her tenure in SEGi she has supervised 4 undergraduate students in collaboration with Monash University Malaysia. She joined School of Pharmacy, Monash University Malaysia in January 2020. Her research interest is on the development of nanocarriers for drug delivery, particularly for topical and transdermal applications, and also natural products. Dr. Usha has a keen interest in the skin permeation and lipid formulations of bioactives/natural compounds using very specific skin models such as animal skin and synthetic membranes.

Research interests

  • Transdermal drug delivery
  • Breast / Skin cancer
  • Permeation studies of bioactives using human and animal skin
  • Topical formulations (Gel, cream, film)
  • Nanoparticles
  • Transferosomes
  • Ethosomes
  • Liposomes
  • Natural products (Geraniin)
  • Natural oils (ratite oils)

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

Education/Academic qualification

Pharmaceutics, PhD in Pharmaceutics, Ratite oil for Transdermal Breast Cancer Treatment, Monash University Malaysia


Award Date: 27 Nov 2017

Pharmaceutics, MSc in Drug Delivery, University College London


Award Date: 30 Oct 2009

Pure Chemistry, BSc (HONS) Pure Chemistry, Universiti Sains Malaysia (University of Science Malaysia)


Award Date: 24 Jul 2007

Research area keywords

  • Transdermal Drug Delivery systems
  • Drug formulation and delivery
  • Natural compounds
  • Nanoparticles
  • Cancer Research
  • Liposomes
  • Transfersomes

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