PhD Title: Development of Gracilaria extract formulation for medicinal use
About the PhD:
Gracilaria is an alga belonging to a group of red marine seaweed called rhodophyta, and is widely known for its application in agar production. Studies have demonstrated that Gracilaria exhibit several pharmacological activities including being anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidative,anti-microbial and anti-cancer, which are due to the presence of different active chemical compounds in the seaweed. My PhD research aims to determine the pharmacological effects of Gracilaria in Brunei to formulate a medicinal product derived from its bioactive constituents.
BHSc Biomedical Sciences, Universiti Brunei Darussalam, Brunei (2016)
Since August 2017, I am a PhD candidate in Biomedical Sciences under the main supervision of Dr Sheba David. I graduated from UBD in 2016 as a degree holder of the same programme, and have since continued onto my current candidature. I am now working on a type of red seaweed, investigating a number of its therapeutic potential in the hopes of generating a medicinal formulation which is novel, natural and effective as a preventive or treatment drug.
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