Dr. Rajesh Sreedharan Nair


School of Pharmacy

+603 5514 6159
Room  2-5-48

Dr. Rajesh Sreedharan Nair obtained his undergraduate degree in pharmacy (B.Pharm) from Mangalore University (1998) and a master’s degree (M.Pharm, Pharmaceutics) from Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences (2003), India. Thereafter, he began his academic career in India and later moved to Malaysia in 2007. He served as a Senior lecturer in School of Pharmacy at Asia Metropolitan University and as Assistant Professor in UCSI University, Malaysia. He was a recipient of teaching excellence award multiple times at UCSI University and also served as an industry liaison person for students’ attachment. He has completed his PhD from University of Nottingham Malaysia in August 2019 and joined School of Pharmacy, Monash University Malaysia in December 2019. His research interest is on the development of nanocarriers for drug delivery, particularly for topical and transdermal applications. Dr. Rajesh has a keen interest in the skin permeation and dermatokinetics of bioactives using very specific skin models such as full-thickness human skin, animal skin and synthetic membranes.


- Doctor of Philosophy in Pharmacy, University of Nottingham Malaysia, 2019

- Master's degree in Pharmaceutics (M.Pharm), Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences, Bangalore, India, 2003

- Bachelor of Pharmacy (B.Pharm), Mangalore University, India, 1998

Research Experience

- Development and evaluation of curcumin-encapsulated chitosan nanoparticles for transdermal delivery

- Evaluation of  tocotrienol rich fraction (TRF) of palm oil as percutaneous permeation enhancers using full-thickness human skin

- Formulation of transdermal patches of captopril and permeation studies through excised rat skin

- Permeation studies of captopril transdermal films through human cadaver skin

- Formulation and evaluation of DEET microparticles for topical application

- HPLC and UHPLC method development and validation of bioactive compounds

Employment History

Dec 2019 - Present: Lecturer, School of Pharmacy, Monash University Malaysia

July 2017 - Dec 2019: Assistant Professor, UCSI University, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

July 2011 - Feb 2014: Head, Pharmaceutical technology department, UCSI University, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

July 2009 - Dec 2014: Lecturer, UCSI University, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Feb 2007 - Feb 2009: Senior Lecturer, Asia Metropolitan University, Selangor, Malaysia

Mar 2005 - Feb 2007: Assistant Professor, Devaki Amma Memorial College of Pharmacy, Kerala,  India

Sept 2003 - Feb 2005: Lecturer, Farooqia College of Pharmacy, Mysore, India

Jan 2000 - Sept 2001: Marketing executive, Glaxo-SmithKline (GSK), India

Apr 1999 - Dec 1999: Marketing executive, Cipla Pharmaceuticals, India

Awards and Honours


  • Teaching excellence award - UCSI University, Malaysia


  • PhD Scholarship award - University of Nottingham, Malaysia


  • Teaching excellence award - UCSI University, Malaysia
  • Transdermal drug delivery
  • Skin cancer
  • Permeation studies of bioactives using human and animal skin
  • Topical formulations (Gel, cream, film)
  • Nanoparticles
  • Transferosomes
  • Ethosomes
  • Liposomes
  • Curcumin
  • Palm oil derived compounds

Scholarly Journals (Refereed Only)


Rajesh Sreedharan Nair, Andrew Morris, Nashiru Billa, Chee-Onn LeongAn Evaluation of Curcumin-Encapsulated Chitosan Nanoparticles for Transdermal Delivery. AAPS PharmSciTech. 2019; 20 (2):69

Balamurugan M, Rajesh S, Kumarappan C. Drug/Vehicle Impacts and Formulation Centered Stratagems for Enhanced Transdermal Drug Permeation, Controlled Release and Safety: Unparalleled Past and Recent Innovations- An Overview: Current Drug Therapy.2019;14:192-209.


Inderjeet Singh, Rajesh Sreedharan Nair, Suyin Gan, Victor Cheong, Andrew Morris. An evaluation of crude palm oil and tocotrienol rich fraction of palm oil as percutaneous permeation enhancers using full-thickness human skin. Pharmaceutical Development and Technology. 2018; 24(4):448-454


Y Prasanna, V Harini, S Rajesh.  Microemulsion based hydrogel for topical delivery of voriconazole. Artificial cells Nanomedicine and Biotechnology. 2017;45(8):1539-1547.


Rajesh Sreedharan Nair, Sujith Nair. Permeation Studies of Captopril Transdermal Films Through Human Cadaver Skin. Current Drug Delivery. 2015;12 (5):517-523.

Tan Wee Nie, Mohamed Saleem Abdul Shukkoor, Rajesh Sreedharan Nair, Fatimah Khursiah Binti Amiruddin, Shamala Ramasamy. Involvement of opioidergic and serotonergic systems in the analgesic activity of Cissus quadrangularis L. stem extract in mice. Journal of Basic and Clinical Physiology and Pharmacology, 2015; 26 (1), 35-41.


M Balamurugan, S Rajesh. Genipin, a water soluble cross-linking agent and its importance in the drug delivery systems: An Overview. Current Drug Delivery.2014; (1)139-145.


S Rajesh, N L Tai, A M Saleem, M Balamurugan. Matrix type transdermal patches of Captopril: Ex vivo permeation studies through excised rat skin. Journal of Pharmacy Research.2013; (6), 774-779.

Behin Sundara Raj, Shanthi, Rajesh Sreedharan Nair. Effect of chemical enhancers on the release of Glipizide in a Matrix Dispersion Transdermal System. Asian Journal of Pharmaceutical and Clinical Research. 2013:(5),61-66

S Rajesh, S Sujith. Permeation of Flurbiprofen polymeric films through human cadaver skin. International Journal of PharmTech Research.2013; (5) 177-182

Behin Sundara Raj, Rajesh Sreedharan Nair. Formulation and Evaluation of Coated Microspheres for Colon Targeting. Journal of Applied Pharmaceutical Science.2013; Vol. 3 (8), 68-74.

- UCSI University Pioneer Scientist Incentive Fund (PSIF) ; Principal Investigator. (Project code: Proj-2019-In-FPS-022), RM 50,000

- UCSI University Pioneer Scientist Incentive Fund (PSIF) ; Co-investigator. (Project code: Proj-2019-In-FPS-020), RM 50,000

- Undergraduate student research grant, RM 4,500


Tan Xin Yi (Completed - 2019)
Formulation and evaluation of polymeric DEET microparticles for topical application.
- Main Supervisor

Chen Kah Yin (Completed - 2019)
RP-HPLC Method development of DEET and Optimisation of DEET microparticles using Design Expert software
- Main Supervisor

Kong Min Xian (Completed - 2019)
Formulation, in vitro permeation and the rheological studies of DEET microparticles loaded hydrogel for topical application
- Main Supervisor

Teng Meng Sheng (Completed - 2013)
Design and Evaluation of Chitosan-HPMC Polymeric Films for the Transdermal Delivery of Captopril
- Main Supervisor

Tai Nyet Ling (Completed - 2012)
Matrix type transdermal patches of captopril: Ex vivo permeation studies through excised rat skin
- Main Supervisor

Professional Membership

Registered Pharmacist, Kerala State Pharmacy Council, India.


Drug Development and Industrial Pharmacy


Current Drug Delivery


Current Drug Therapy


International Journal of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences