SEACO provides an ideal setting for research students to pursue a higher degree, which includes Master and PhD programs. All enrollments are processed through Monash University. More information is available on the HDR student website.
The SEACO platform also supports research students from other institutions who are interested in research through primary data collection, and use the advantage of the research infrastructure in analysing secondary data collected through the platform. For further information, please contact the SEACO Director.
Adeola Folayan is a PhD student from the Jeffrey Cheah School of Medicine and Health Sciences, Monash University Malaysia. She has a bachelor’s degree in Human Physiology from the University of Ilorin, Nigeria. She further obtained a master’s degree in Medical and Health Science (by research) from the International Medical University (IMU), Malaysia. Her master’s research was on Environmental Epidemiology and the project was supported with a research grant from IMU. Both her bachelor’s and master’s research generated ample data with publications in ranked journals. She is also a member of the International Epidemiological Association. Her PhD research topic is “The Impact of Health Insurance on Healthy Lifestyle Choice and the Incidence of Non-communicable Diseases”. Evidence from this study will reinforce the need to incorporate mandatory healthy style policy into the existing health insurance system to facilitate health protection for people with non-communicable diseases effectively.
Kogila Ramanathan is a PhD candidate from the Jeffrey Cheah School of Medicine and Health Sciences at Monash University Malaysia. She was a former Intensive care unit nurse at the National Heart Institute. After receiving an honours degree in Bachelor of Nutrition and Dietetics from International Medical University (IMU), she went on to pursue a Master of Health Sciences (Clinical Nutrition) at National University of Malaysia and was a recipient of the Dean’s award. She is also a member of the Malaysian Dietitians’ Association. Prior to joining Monash, she worked at IMU as a research assistant for a nutrition intervention program at schools. Her doctoral project is a collaborative research project between Monash University Malaysia and Queen’s University Belfast. The aim of the study is to develop population-based colorectal cancer screening intervention (CRC-SIM) in Malaysia. The development of a theoretically-informed, evidence-based and culturally appropriate CRC-SIM will add new insights regarding approaches and methods of adapting and implementing successful screening programs in Malaysia and elsewhere. In addition, her plans serve as a blueprint or guide for the development and evaluation of interventions such as screening in low-middle income countries.
Mawada Azhari Sidahmed Alawad is a PhD candidate from the Jeffrey Cheah School of Medicine and Health Sciences at Monash University Malaysia. She obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Medical Bioscience from Monash University, after which she pursued a Postgraduate Diploma in Biomedical Sciences, graduating with first-class honours. She is currently working on the Dementia Prevention and Enhanced Care-Nutrition (DePEC-Nutrition) project in collaboration with Newcastle University and Monash. Her PhD project entails the investigation of salt and nitrate dietary effect on cardiovascular health among older adults with elevated blood pressure.
Md Hamed Hussain is currently pursuing his PhD under the supervision of Dr. Joash Tan Ban Lee, Dr. Lee Sui Mae, Dr. Song Beng Kah and Dr. Chong Chun Wie. He has completed his graduation and post-graduation from University of Chittagong, Bangladesh. His master’s thesis focused on characterizing the mycotoxin producing fungi from stored food grains in Bangladesh and studying the socio-economic impact of mycotoxins. During his undergraduate degree, he was engaged with a computational biology research group and published two peer-reviewed articles. Currently, he is working in “The Malaysian Microbiome” project in collaboration with SEACO and his PhD research focuses on characterizing the human gut mycobiome in the community.
Nazmul Hasan Muzahid is a current PhD student in the School of Science at Monash University Malaysia under the supervision of Professor Sadequr Rahman, A/P Dr Lee Sui Mae and Dr Tan Hock Siew. He completed his BSc and MSc in Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology from the University of Chittagong, Bangladesh. He has a three years job experience in the field of Pharmaceuticals as a Microbiologist in Bangladesh. Besides, he has published four scientific papers in different world-renowned peer-reviewed international journals. His current PhD project focuses on the characterization as well as comparative genomic and transcriptomic analyses of Acinetobacter baumannii and Pseudomonas aeruginosa isolated from the Segamat community in Johor, Malaysia.
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Ms. Sheena Shehnaz Ahmed Riffaie Thowfeek, PhD, “Extended spectrum beta-lactamase producing Enterobacteriaceae in the community: Analysis of persistence and molecular characterization (A case study on Segamat, Malaysia)” School of Science, Monash University Malaysia.
Soh Yee Chang, is a PhD candidate from Monash University Malaysia. She received her Bachelor of Pharmacy degree, with first-class honours. After graduation, she worked as a clinical pharmacist at a Malaysian public hospital for three years. She led the oncology pharmacy team and set up the pharmacist-managed HIV/AIDS clinic during her clinical service. In 2009, Yee Chang completed a Master in Clinical Pharmacy and worked at a public university as a clinical pharmacy lecturer for nine years. She is also an American Pharmacist Association certified pharmacotherapy specialist (BCPS) and Good Clinical Practice (GCP) certified clinical researcher. Her doctoral project examines the different methods for assessing dietary sodium intake among adults with elevated blood pressure in community setting. This is done using a community-based salt reduction intervention trial, Dementia Prevention and Enhanced Care-Nutrition (DePEC-Nutrition) as a case study.
Sutha Rajakumar is PHD candidate from the Jeffrey Cheah School of Medicine and Health Sciences at Monash University Malaysia. Before pursuing her Master, she is a clinical pharmacist from Hospital Seberang Jaya, Pulau Pinang, and is also involved in Collaborating Researcher with Clinical Research Centre Seberang Jaya Hospital Penang. Her master project title is Metabolic Syndrome Risk Factors Among Adolescent and Children with Incidence of Familial Cardiovascular Diseases in Malaysia. The project's objective is to assess the prevalence of individual metabolic risk factors and metabolic syndrome among children and adolescents to identify the association of demographic and socio-economic characteristics and metabolic syndrome. It also aims to determine an association between familial CVD incidence and risk with children and adolescent metabolic syndrome.
Vithya Velaithan is a PhD candidate from Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences at Monash University Malaysia. Before pursuing her PhD, her higher qualification is Master of Science (Molecular Biology), BSc (Hons) Microbiology. Her doctoral project title is Active and Successful Ageing - A Malaysian Perspective. The study aims to contribute by examining important psycho-social factors in the active ageing process by measuring older adults' quality of life in Malaysia. The increasing number of the ageing population will pose a challenge to society and its social, health, politics and economy. Therefore, a comprehensive study of the factors that play an essential role in active ageing will enable policymakers to help this group of people to have a better quality of life.
Fangfang Li is a PhD candidate and anthropologist-to-be from University of Amsterdam and University of Barcelona. Funded by Erasmus Mundus fellowship, her doctoral project examines the changing trajectories of eating habits among the Chinese-Malaysian youth upon their mobility between rural and urban areas by using a combination or traditional face-to-face and visual long distance ethnography. This is a collaborative project among the Department of Anthropology of the University of Amsterdam (UvA), the Global Public Health department of Monash University Malaysia and SEACO as the affiliated research platform.
Fatima Fanna Mairami obtained her Doctor of Medicine degree from the Latin American School of Medicine, Cuba and Master of Public Health from the University of Nottingham, UK. Prior to her PhD studies at Monash University, she worked in her home country of Nigeria in various areas that included maternal, child and occupational health. Her PhD in Monash Malaysia explored the experience of being a stroke survivor. Fatima employed an ethnographic approach to investigate the experiences of stroke survivors in rural Peninsular Malaysia. The study highlights the contextual complexity of life with stroke and offers a robust and effective public health strategy for the management of stroke.
Julius Cheah is a PhD candidate from the Jeffrey Cheah School of Medicine and Health Sciences, Monash University Malaysia. He holds a Master of Science in Health Systems and Public Policy from the University of Edinburgh, UK and a Bachelor’s Degree in Food Science from Universiti Putra Malaysia. Alongside his postgraduate studies, he is also currently working with Novo Nordisk Pharma Malaysia in the area of Market Access and Public Affairs. His PhD research examines the economic burden of non-communicable disease on households with diabetes, exploring the various cost components and drivers associated with disease management, and the poverty impacts of living with chronic disease. His broader research areas of interest include healthcare financing, health systems, and health policy.
Lucas Teong Kai Sheng is a Master’s candidate from the Monash University Malaysia School of Information Technology. He received his Bachelor of Computer Science from Multimedia University with first-class honors. His current Master’s research focuses on developing methods and frameworks for effective entity matching of datasets in health and demographic surveillance data.