Dr. Usha Sundralingam


School of Pharmacy

+603 5514 4993
Room  2-5-10

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.


- Doctor of Philosophy in Pharmaceutics, Monash University Malaysia (MUM), 2017

- Master in Drug Delivery, University College London (UCL), 2009

- Bachelor of Science in Pure Chemistry (Hons), University Science Malaysia (USM), 2007


- Transdermal Drug Delivery systems

- Drug formulation and delivery

- Natural compound

- Nanoparticles

- Cancer Research

- Liposomes/Transfersomes

Employment History

Jan 2020 - Current: Lecturer (Pharmaceutics) at School of Pharmacy, Monash University Malaysia.

Nov 2016 - Dec 2019: Lecturer (Chemistry) at Faculty of Medicine, SEGi University Malaysia.

Awards and Honours


  • Selected for Best Poster (2015) and Shortlisted for rapid fire talk (out of 8), Drug Delivery Australia 2015 Conference; Brisbane, Australia.


  • Winner of 2012, 3 Minute Thesis (3MT) Competition, Faculty Level.
  • 2nd Runner up of 2012, 3 Minute Thesis (3MT) Competition, Campus Level.

- 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)

Scholarly Journals (Refereed Only)


Usha Sundralingam, Tahir Mehmood Khan, Sumita Elendran, Saravanan Muniyandy and Uma D. Palanisamy (2019) Patient-controlled transdermal 4-hydroxy tamoxifen (4-OHT) vs. Oral Tamoxifen: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Pakistan Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences, May 2019; Vol 32, No.3.


Uma  D  Palanisamy,  Muniswaran  Sivanathan,  Thavamanithevi  Subramaniam,  Ammu  K Radhakrishnan, Nagaraja Haleagrahara, Usha Sundralingam and Gan Seng Chiew (2015). Refining Ostrich Oil and its Stabilization with Curcumin. Journal of Nutritional Health & Food Engineering, June 2015; 2(2): 00051.


K Karthikeyan, R Durgadevi, K Saravanan, K Shivsankar, S Usha and M Saravanan (2012) Formulation of bioadhesive carbomer gel incorporating drug-loaded gelatin microspheres for periodontal therapy, Tropical Journal of Pharmaceutical Research, June 2012; 11(3): 335 - 343.

- SEGi University Malaysia Internal grant (Principal investigator), (Project code: SEGiIRF/2019-2/FOM-14/85), RM 22,000.00

- JCSMHS, Monash University Malaysia HDR grant, RM 10,000.00


Jerusha Alehita A/P Fracis Xavier (BBMS FYP 2019) 
Geraniin and its metabolities ability to exhibit ntihypertensive activity through ACE inhibition
- Main Supervisor

Pricilla Tracy Alexandra (BBMS FYP 2019)
The anti-hypertensive ability of geraniin extracted from rambutan rind
- Main Supervisor

Parveen Kumar A/L G.Raveendran (BBMS FYP 2019)
Formulation development and physicochemical properties of geraniin phospholipid complexes
- Main Supervisor

Nur Syafiqah Binti Azmi (BBMS FYP 2019)
Topical formulation of geraniin extracted from rambutan (Nephellium lappaceum) rind targeted for anti-aging
- Main Supervisor

Professional Membership

Member of the Malaysian Society of Pharmaceutical Technology (MSPT)

Member of The Malaysia Local Chapter of the Controlled Release Society (MyCRS)