Professor Dr Palanirajan Vijayaraj Kumar

Head of Department, Pharmaceutical Technology | Department of Pharmaceutical Technology

Academic Qualifications

PhD (Pharmaceutical Sciences)
M.Pharm. (Pharmaceutical)
Bachelor of Pharmacy (Hons)

Areas of Interest
Pharmaceutical Technology
Protein and Polypeptide deliver
Quality control and Quality assurance
Natural Product Formulations
Professional Bodies Membership

  1. American Chemical Society


Research project




Investigating the Potential of Surface Modified Cyclodextrin Based Gold Nanoparticles for Cytotoxic Drugs to Enhance the Apoptosis in Cancer Cell Lines





In silico Approaches for the Prediction of Drug Solubility





Development and Characterization of Multilayer Gold Nanocarrier for Cancer Therapy

Pioneer Scientist Incentive Fund (PSIF)




Formulation of Mangosteen and Seaweed-Based Sunscreens and Evaluation of the in vitro and Clinical Efficacy

Pioneer Scientist Incentive Fund (PSIF)




Caco2 and FHs 74 Int Cell Proliferation and Cellular Uptake Studies of Human Growth Factor Loaded Chitosan Nanoparticles

Pioneer Scientist Incentive Fund (PSIF)




Formulation and Evaluation of Enteric Coated Capsules Filled with Oral Mucoadhesive Palifermin Nanoparticles

Ministry of Education Malaysia (MoE) Fundamental Research Grant Scheme


Faculty of Pharmacy, UiTM, Malaysia


Optimisation of Processing Variables for Superior Quality Film Coated –Tablets

Pioneer Scientist Incentive Fund (PSIF)




Formulation and characterization of novel bioconjugate polymeric rapamycin

Pioneer Scientist Incentive Fund (PSIF)






PhD students (Current)

  • Omar Waleed Abduljaleel Albasri

PhD students (Completed)

  • Marwan Abdelmahmoud Abdelkarim Maki


Master students (Current)

  • Tan Kin Fai
  • Teng Meng Sheng
  • Hanoon Haitham Oglah Hanoon


Master students (Completed)

  • Yahia Kahlous (2020)
  • Marwan Abdelmhmoud Abdelkarim Maki (2016)
  • Nusrat Hossain (2016)
  • Lana Alsharkas (2016)
  • Mhd Luay Takahje (2015)


Undergraduate students (Current)

  • Chia Le Yi


Undergraduate students (Completed)

  • Tan Kin Fai (2020)
  • Yi Na (2019)
  • Sheng Leng (2019)


  1. Palanirajan Vijayaraj Kumar* and Bontha Venkata Subrahmanya Lokesh, Designing and In-Vitro Characterization of Micelle Forming Amphiphilic PEGylated Rapamycin Nanocarriers for the Treatment of Gastric Cancer., Current Drug Delivery, 2014, 613-612.
  2. Suneela Pyreddy, Pandurangan Dinesh Kumar, Palanirajan Vijayaraj Kumar, Polyethylene glycolated PAMAM dendrimers-Efavirenz Conjugates, International Journal of Pharmaceutical Investigation, January 2014,  4, 15-18.
  3. Kumar PV. Dengue and drawbacks of marketed Carica papaya leaves supplements. International Journal of Green Pharmacy (IJGP). 2016, 21;10(1).
  4. Pandurangan DK, Bodagala P, Palanirajan VK, Govindaraj S. Formulation and evaluation of voriconazole ophthalmic solid lipid nanoparticles in situ gel. International Journal of Pharmaceutical Investigation. 2016;6(1):56.
  5. Nusrat Hossain, Palanirajan Vijayaraj Kumar, Yeong Siew Wei. A comparative study of phytochemical content in air dried and lyophilized Carica papaya leaves. International Journal of Green Pharmacy. 2016;10(4):1-6.
  6. Palanirajan Vijayaraj Kumar, Marwan Abdelmahmoud Abdelkarim Maki, Yeong Siew Wei, Optimization and In-vitro Evaluation of Coating Process for Film-Coated Tablets, International Journal of Food Engineering (IJFE), 2017.
  7. Dineshkumar P, Panneerselvam T, Deepti Brundavani K, Selvaraj K, Vijayaraj Kumar P. Formulation of Rifampicin Loaded PEGylated 5.0 G EDA-PAMAM Dendrimers as Effective Long-Duration Release Drug Carriers. Current Drug Therapy. 2017 Aug 1;12(2):115-26.
  8. Palanirajan Vijayaraj Kumar, Marwan Abdelmahmoud Abdelkarim Maki, Lee Ming Tatt, Yeong Siew Wei, Abu Bakar Bin Abdul Majeed, Detection of Formation of Recombinant Human Keratinocyte Growth Factor Loaded Chitosan Nanoparticles Based on its Optical Properties, Current Nanoscience, 14, 2018, pp. 127-135(9).
  9. Marwan Abdelmahmoud Abdelkarim Maki, Palanirajan Vijayaraj Kumar,* Shiau-Chuen Cheah, Yeong Siew Wei,  Mayasah Al-Nema, Omer Bayazeid and Abu Bakar Bin Abdul MajeedMolecular Modeling-Based Delivery System Enhances Everolimus- Induced Apoptosis in Caco‑2 Cells, ACS Omega 2019, 4, 8767−8777.
  10. Tan EW, Tan KY, Phang LV, Kumar PV, In LL. Enhanced gastrointestinal survivability of recombinant Lactococcus lactis using a double coated mucoadhesive film approach. PloS one. 2019 Jul 23;14(7):e0219912.
  11. 51. Maki A, Kumar PV, Elumalai M, Bayazeid O. In silico-based approach to investigate the ability of PEGylated rapamycin to inhibit Galectin-3. Current drug discovery technologies. 2020 Jan 22.
  12. 52. Maki, M.A.A., Cheah, S.C., Bayazeid, O. and Kumar, P.V., 2020. Cyclodextrin inclusion complex inhibits circulating galectin-3 and FGF-7 and affects the reproductive integrity and mobility of Caco-2 cells. Scientific Reports, 10(1), pp.1-8.
  13. 53. Fai TK, Kumar PV. Revolution in the Synthesis, Physio-chemical and Biological Characterization of Gold Nanoplatform. Curr Pharm Des. 2021.
  14. 54. Tee YN, Kumar PV, Abdelkarim Maki MA, Elumalai M, Rahman SAKMEH, Cheah SC.. Curr Pharm Biotechnol. 2021


  1. International Conference on Nanomedicine and Nanobiotechnology, (ICONAN 2016); 28/10/2016; Paris. 2016. Formulation and In-Vitro Evaluation of Enteric Coated Capsules Filled with Recombinant Human Keratinocyte Growth Factor Loaded Chitosan Nanoparticles.
  2. ANNIC 2017 Conference 2017, Rome, UV spectrometric method for endpoint detection of formation of nanoparticles.
  3. International Conference and Exhibitions on Inventions by Institutions of Higher Learning (PECIPTA 2017), Malaysia, Herbal Product for Dengue.

Journal Reviewers

  • Current Drug Therapy
  • International Journal of Peptide Research and Therapeutics
  • Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry
  • Current Proteomics
  • Heliyon
  • Nanomedicine

Awards and Recognitions

  1. Young Scientist Award,   Pharma Helpline Society, India, 2010
  2. Promising Researcher Award, UCSI University, Malaysia, 2016
  3. The project won bronze medal/Invention: Herbal Product for Dengue International Conference and Exhibitions on Inventions by Institutions of Higher Learning (PECIPTA 2017)/ Malaysia, 2017
  4. Best Fund Riser Award, UCSI University, Malaysia, 2017
  5. Recognition/Speaker, Gavin conference, Malaysia, 2018
  6. Innocentive Award, USA,  2018
  7. Best Researcher Award, UCSI University, 2019

Other achievements

PhD Thesis Examined (External Examiner)

  • Phytochemical and Pharmacological Evaluation of Isolated Compounds from the Leaves of Tecomaria Capensis, Discipline and Subject: Pharmaceutical Sciences (Pharmacology), VELS University, India, 2013.
  • Formulation and Evaluation of Cosmetics Containing Antioxidant-Rich Herbal Extracts, Discipline and Subject: Pharmaceutical Sciences (Pharmaceutical Technology) Vinayaka Missions University, India, 2014.
  • Formulation and Evaluation of a Controlled    Release Oral Hypoglycaemic Tablet, Discipline and Subject: Pharmaceutical Sciences (Pharmaceutical Technology) Vinayaka Missions University, India, 2014.
  • Development and evaluation of PEGylated Polypropylene Imine Dentritic Architecture for the delivery of Some antileukemic drugs, ANU, India, 2018.

Editorial Board Member

  • American Journal of Advanced Drug Delivery