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IMU Pharmaceutical Chemistry alumna excels in research

25th May, 2018

An IMU Pharmaceutical Chemistry alumna, Mak Kit-Kay published her research in three journals; Nanoscale (Impact factor 7.36; DOI: https://doi.org/10.1039/C8NR01383G), International Journal of Food Science & Technology (Impact factor 1.64; DOI: https://doi.org/10.1111/ijfs.13762) and Acta Scientific Pharmaceutical Sciences (https://actascientific.com/ASPS/pdf/ASPS-02-0058.pdf) in the first quarter of 2018.

Kit-Kay commented, “I am very pleased to share how IMU BSc (Hon) Pharmaceutical Chemistry programme enabled me to excel in research. Truthfully, I did not realise that this degree has imparted in me a very strong foundation in interdisciplinary sciences. I only realised this when I saw these papers getting published.”

For Nanoscale (one of the highest impact factor publication by Royal Society of Chemistry, UK), Kit-Kay worked with a team of experts in nanotechnology in a Fundamental Research Grant Scheme (FRGS) project funded by Ministry of Higher Education, Malaysia. This paper highlights the new technologies to overcome the existing pitfalls in the treatment of skin infections. She believes that this paper would be an excellent educational resource for students, researchers and product innovators in pharmaceutical and cosmetic industries.

The research paper in International Journal of Food Science and Technology (Q1 journal published by Taylors & Francis, under the categories of Industrial & Manufacturing Engineering and Food Science) provides a simple yet effective solution to overcome the problem with storage of blueberries. Everyone knows about health benefits of blueberries and how perishable they are. This paper highlights a simple technique to store blueberry juice and this technique does not require scientific expertise and can be practised in every home.

Meanwhile, the paper in Acta Scientific Pharmaceutical Sciences gives a solid understanding of the effective treatment options available for people with cervical cancer. This paper is freely downloadable and provides comprehensive information on evidence-based chemotherapy options for recurrent cervical cancer.

“As a very young researcher, it is a very fulfilling experience to achieve the above said accomplishments, which might not be possible without having a solid foundation in science that is planted by IMU BSc Hons Pharmaceutical Chemistry programme. Occasionally during my studies, I was puzzled to know why I am learning diverse subjects such as Pharmaceutical Engineering, Pharmaceutical Technology and Pharmaceutical Biotechnology apart from the core specialities in chemistry. Now, I got the answers to this.”

“It is important to start your career right, and I am glad I did mine with IMU BSc (Hon) Pharmaceutical Chemistry Programme. It prepared me holistically and I can transition smoothly to doing what I want to do. There are lots of highlights in the Pharmaceutical Chemistry Programme that opens doors to broader career choices. When you feel like you’re on the road going nowhere, take a moment to think of who you wish to be and shatter those mental limits that you put yourselves in. Because truly, you can be what you want to be – even if it means it’s something that doesn’t exist yet.”

The pharmaceutical chemistry degree from IMU is accredited by the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC), UK. The course is undertaken entirely at IMU and completed in three years (6 semesters). Upon completion of the degree, graduates can enter the workforce and begin their career as chemists in pharmaceutical and other chemical industries.

After obtaining the IMU BSc (Hons) Pharmaceutical Chemistry degree, those who meet the academic criteria can also continue to pursue the Master of Pharmacy programme at the University of Sydney or Curtin University in Australia. They are given credit exemptions in the Master of Pharmacy programmes. The graduates of the Master of Pharmacy degrees from these universities can register as practicing pharmacists in Australia and Singapore, but not in Malaysia currently.

If you have just completed your SPM and do not have pre-university qualification, consider enrolling in the one-year IMU Foundation in Science (FiS), the direct route for entry into any of the University’s degree programmes. For more information, please refer to www.imu.edu.my or email: start@imu.edu.my or call IMU at 03 – 2731 7272.

About International Medical University International Medical University (IMU) is Malaysia’s first and most established private medical and health sciences university with over 26 years of dedicated focus in healthcare education. Established in 1992, IMU pioneered the world’s first Partner Medical School programme and has since gained international recognition with over 30 world class university partners in Australia, New Zealand, United Kingdom, Canada, Ireland and China. IMU’s main campus is located at Bukit Jalil, Kuala Lumpur with branch clinical schools located in Seremban, Kuala Pilah, Batu Pahat and Kluang.

Committed to its brand promise, “Delivering the Future of Better Healthcare”, in 2010, IMU became be a fully integrated healthcare institution offering Education, Healthcare services in both medical and complimentary alternative medicine and Research to serve and improve the quality of lives.

For more information please visit IMU website at http://www.imu.edu.my or its blog at http://imunews.imu.edu.my.

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