Designation/Title : Lecturer
Department: Pharmacy Practice
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Education and Training

Management in health World Bank Institute 2015
Basics of health economics World Bank Institute 2014
Good Clinical Practice Ministry of Health, Malaysia 2014
PhD SASTRA University, India 2014
MPharm Annamalai University 2005
BPharm Dr.MGR Medical University 2003


Research interests:

  • Clinical Pharmacy: Rational use of drug, formulary development
  • Patient Safety: Patient safety education, Pharmacovigilance
  • Public Health: Cervical cancer, Human Papillomavirus vaccination, Ebola
  • Pharmacy Education: Students’ career choice, interprofessional learning
  • Cardiovascular Pharmacology: Molecular mechanisms of bioactive molecules
  • E-learning: Tools to engage students in a large and small group teaching


Research projects/grants:

  • RM 20, 000, an internal grant from IMU for the research work entitled "Pharmacodynamics of ellagic acid on cardiac fibrosis"
  • RM 21,000 from IMU for qualitative research in Pharmacy for Students' BPharm Semester 7 projects.
  • RM 20, 000 from IMU for B Med Science student Project entitled Elucidation of the molecular mechanisms of the cardioprotective effect of ellagic acid in rat cardiomyocyte cell line (CI).
  • RM 86,900 (USD 22, 875) B Pharm semester 7 student projects - May 2015
  • RM 86,900 B Pharm semester 7 student projects - May 2015
  • RM 58,500 B Pharm semester 7 student projects - May 2016


Supervision of Postgraduates (MSc/PhD)
(Last 5 years – 2010 - 2015)

  • Evaluation of Patient Safety knowledge, and attitude among undergraduate Pharmacy students.
  • Evaluation of the effect of morin on H9c2 cells against oxidative stress and its mechanism of action
  • Information needs and internet-based information‐seeking behavior of undergraduate students
  • Evaluation of students’ perception on social media in health care education
  • Effect of ellagic acid on doxorubicin-induced apoptosis in H9c2 cardiomyoblast cell line
  • A cross sectional study on the evaluation of knowledge, attitude and perception of retail pharmacists towards patient safety
  • Quality of life of patients with Parkinson’s disease and burden on their caregiver
  • Evaluation of Patient Safety Patient safety attitude among undergraduate Pharmacy students.
  • Factors influencing undergraduate students’ attitudes towards research and participation in scientific research.
  • Factors influencing career choices among undergraduate students in a Medical University.
  • Attitude and Preparedness of undergraduate students from a medical university towards inter-professional learning activities.
  • Awareness and preparedness about Ebola virus disease among Health care workers in Malaysia.
  • Evaluation of Patient Safety Culture in Community Pharmacy settings.
  • Selected salivary biomarkers and their association with determinants of health (obesity, eating behavior, perception of stress, general and oral health) in adolescents.
  • Identification and correlation of multitasking ability and its influence on the cognitive skills of students of different professions.
  • Perceived risk and willingness to pay for diagnosis of cardiovascular disease
  • Knowledge attitude and Practice and willingness to pay on vaccination for cervical cancer prevention among international medical university students and Staff.
  • Students’ perspectives regarding career opportunities in Pharmacy Acedemia; a study from International Medical University.
  • Knowledge and perception about adverse drug reaction and pharmacovigilance among pharmacy and medical students in International Medical University.
  • Elucidation of the molecular effect of cardioprotective effect of ellagic acid on rat cardiomyocyte cell line (Student Research (BMed Sci)


Professional affiliations:

  • International Society for Infectious Disease
  • American Association for Cancer Education
  • International Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research
  • Malaysian Association of Education for the medical and Health Sciences
  • International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP)
  • Commonwealth Pharmacists Association
  • International Society of cardiovascular research
  • Pharmacist Society (International)
  • Tamil Nadu State Pharmacy Council (Reg. No: 8111 A1)
  • Indian Pharmacy Graduates’ Association (Reg. No: LM 195/2003)


Academic Awards:

  • Best Poster award (2nd Prize) for Salivary Alpha Amylase and its association with body mass status and perceived stress among adolescents”    National Dental Students’ Conference, Kuala Lumpur Malaysia, May 2016.
  • Best Poster award for “Padlet enhanced engagement and learning” in Learning resource festival, International medical University, Nov 30-Dec 1, 2015.
  • Runner-Up in Library information Hunt- Publisher’s knowledge Mega challenge- Learning resources festival International medical University, Nov 30-Dec 1, 2015.
  • Best Poster award for the presentation entitled “Students’ perspectives regarding Career Opportunities in Pharmacy Academia; A study from International Medical University” in the International Medical Education Conference, Kuala Lumpur Malaysia Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 22nd -24th April 2015.
  • Best Poster Award for a concept paper on Collaborative Online Interprofessional Learning (COIL) in E-Learning festival, International Medical University, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, November 10th-12th 2014.
  • 2012 “Prof. Rajagopal Endowment Award” for the best presentation at 22nd Annual Scientific meet of the society of biological chemists India, Annamalai University.



  • Member of the research abstract review committee for the ISPOR 7th Annual Asia Pacific Meeting, Singapore
  • PhD Thesis examiner for Mangalore University, India
  • Member of the research abstract review committee for the ISPOR 21st Annual Interntional Meeting, Washigton DC, USA
  • Member of the review Panel for the poster presentation at ISPOR 18th Annual European Congress, Milan, Italy.


Recent publications
(last 5 years – 2010 - 2015)

  • Mari Kannan Maharajan, Kingston Rajiah, Kelly Num Sze Fang, Lai Yun Lui. Cervical Cancer Prevention in Malaysia: Knowledge and Attitude of Undergraduate Pharmacy Students towards Human Papillomavirus Infection, Screening and Vaccination in Malaysia. Journal of Cancer Education 12/2015; DOI:10.1007/s13187-015-0957-2. Impact Factor: 1.23; H Index: 32
  • Maharajan MK, Ranjan A, Chu JF, Foo WL, Chai ZX, Lau EY, Ye HM, Theam XJ, Lok YL. Zika Virus Infection: Current Concerns and Perspectives. Clinical reviews in allergy & immunology DOI 10.1007/s12016-016-8554-7. Impact Factor: 5.313; H Index: 53
  • Palanisamy S, Mari Kannan M, Kingston R, Tan Tyng W, Tan Wee L,                 Lim Chong Y. Evaluation of Patient Safety Culture among Malaysian Retail Pharmacists: Results of a Self-Reported Survey. Accepted for publication in Patient Preference and Adherence. Impact Factor: 1.71; H Index: 22
  • Kingston R, Mari Kannan M, Sarah ZBS, Choo Lin T, Adeline Tan YP, Audrey Wong SY. Ebola: Emergency preparedness and perceived response of Malaysian healthcare providers Perception of preparedness accepted for publication in American Journal of Infection Control. Impact Factor: 1.995; H Index: 81
  • Kingston R Mari Kannan M. Framework for action to implement Inter-professional learning and collaborative practice in Medical and allied health sciences programs in India, Indian Journal of Pharmacy Education and Research DOI: 10.5530/ijper.50.2.3 Impact Factor: 0.219; H Index: 13
  • Kingston Rajiah Mari Kannan Maharajan · Nang Sue Chin · Kelly Sze Fang Num. Awareness and acceptance of human papillomavirus vaccination among health sciences students in Malaysia. VirusDisease 11/2015; 26(4). DOI:10.1007/s13337-015-0287-3. Impact Factor: 0.3541; H Index: 4
  • Mari Kannan Maharajan, Kingston Rajiah, Kelly Sze Fang Num, Jin Yong Ng, Knowledge of human papillomavirus (HPV) infection, cervical cancer and willingness to pay for cervical cancer vaccination among ethnically diverse medical students in Malaysia, Asian Pacific Journal of Cancer Prevention 2015;16(14):5733-9. Impact Factor: 2.51; H Index: 41
  • Rajiah K , Maharajan MK, Nair S, Pharmacy students’ knowledge and perceptions about adverse drug reactions reporting and pharmacovigilance. Saudi Pharmaceutical Journal (2015), Impact Factor: 1.00 H Index: 14
  • Kannan MM, Quine SD.Ellagic acid inhibits cardiac arrhythmias, hypertrophy and hyperlipidaemia during myocardial infarction in rats, Metabolism 2013 Jan;62(1):52-61. SCI, Elsevier Impact Factor 3.61 H Index: 93
  • Kannan MM, Quine SD, Sangeetha T..Protective efficacy of ellagic acid on glycoproteins, hematological parameters, biochemical changes, and electrolytes in myocardial infarcted rats. Journal of Biochemical and Molecular Toxicology 2012 Jul;26(7):270-275. SCI, Springerlink Impact Factor: 1.596 H Index: 41
  • Mari Kannan M, Darlin, Quine S. Ellagic acid protects mitochondria from β-adrenergic agonist induced myocardial damage in rats; evidence from in vivo, in vitro and ultra-structural study. Food Research International 2012 Jan;45(1):1-8. SCI, Elsevier. Impact Factor 3.05 H Index: 21
  • Mari Kannan M, Darlin Quine S.Mechanistic clues in the protective effect of ellagic acid against apoptosis and decreased mitochondrial respiratory enzymes in rats. Cardiovascular Toxicology 2012 Mar;12(1):56-63. SCI, Springer. Impact Factor 2.06 H Index: 35
  • Pogula BK, Maharajan MK, Oddepalli DR, Boini L, Arella M, Sabarimuthu DQ. Morin protects heart from beta-adrenergic-stimulated myocardial infarction: an electrocardiographic, biochemical, and histological study in rats, Journal of Physiology and Biochemistry 2012 Sep;68(3): 433– 446, SCI, Springer. Impact Factor 2.496 H Index: 30
  • Mari Kannan M, Darlin Quine S Pharmacodynamics of Ellagic Acid on Cardiac Troponin-T, Lyosomal Enzymes and Membrane Bound ATPases: Mechanistic Clues from Biochemical, Cytokine and In vitro Studies. Chemico-Biological Interaction 2011 Sep 5;193(2):154-61, SCI, Elsevier. Impact Factor 2.982 H Index: 79
  • Kannan MM, Quine SD.Ellagic acid ameliorates isoproterenol induced oxidative stress: Evidence from electrocardiological, biochemical and histological study. European Journal of Pharmacology 2011 May 20;659(1):45-52 SCI, Elsevier. Impact factor: 2.63; H Index: 131
  • Kumar BP, Kannan MM, Quine DS. Litsea deccanensis ameliorates myocardial infarction in Wistar rats; evidence from biochemical and histological studies. Journal of Young Pharmacists 2011 Oct;3(4):287-96. InPharm Association. H Index: 08





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