Low May Lee

Designation/Title: Lecturer
Department: Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry, School of Pharmacy
Tel: +603-27317694 (EXT: 2825)
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Education and Training

Endeavour postdoctoral research fellow Monash Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences (Australia) 2016
Dual PhD Université Pierre et Marie Curie (Paris VI, France) and Universiti Putra Malaysia 2014
B.Sc. (Hons.) Universiti Putra Malaysia 2010


Research interests:

  • Metal-based compounds for therapeutic, bioimaging, biosensing and catalysis applications
  • Smart, stimuli-responsive / bioinspired materials
  • Molecular self-assembly
  • Nanomedicine


Research projects/grants:

  • "Synthesis, Characterisation and Antimicrobial Activity of Schiff Base Ligands and Their Metal Complexes" funded by IMU for B. Pharm. undergraduate research projects (2017), PI
  • "Development of Metal-Based Photosensitizers for Antibacterial Photodynamic Therapy" funded by Endeavour Postdoctoral Research Fellowship, Australia (2016), Co-researcher
  • "Metallodrugs with Antibacterial Activity: From Synthesis to In Situ Biological Activity" funded by METABACT, France (2011), PhD student
  • "Synthesis, Characterization and Bioactivity of Various New Therapeutic Dithiocarbazate-Schiff Base Chelating Ligands and Their Metal Complexes" funded by Research University Grant Scheme - Initiative 6, Universiti Putra Malaysia (2011), PhD student / Co-researcher


Professional affiliations:

  • Malaysian Institute of Chemistry - Member (2015 - present) and Committee Member for Analytical Chemistry Section (2017 - present)
  • American Chemical Society (ACS) - Member (2014 - present)
  • Society of Biological Inorganic Chemistry (SBIC) - Member (2014 - present)
  • Australian Global Alumni - Lifetime Member since 2016


Academic Awards:

  • Endeavour Postdoctoral Research Fellowship from the Australian Government, 2016
  • PhD Graduation with Distinction and Graduate Representative for the 38th Universiti Putra Malaysia Convocation Ceremony, 2014
  • Erasmus Mundus: MAHEVA Scholarship from the European Union, 2011
  • Graduate Research Fellowship from Universiti Putra Malaysia, 2010
  • Best Academic Graduate Award - B.Sc. (Honours) in Chemistry, 2010
  • Undergraduate Scholarship from the Public Service Department of Malaysia, 2007


Recent publications
(last 5 years – 2012-2017)

  • Low ML, Chan CW, Ng PY, Ooi IH, Maah MJ, Chye SM, Tan KW, Ng SW, Ng CH. ROS-Inductive, Proteasome Inhibitory and Anticancer Properties of Ternary and Binary Cu(II) Complexes with 1,10-Phenanthroline and Amino Acids. J Coord Chem 2017; 70(2): 223-241.
  • Low ML, Maigre L, Tahir MIM, Tiekink ERT, Dorlet P, Guillot R, Ravoof TBSA, Rosli R, Pagès JM, Policar C, Delsuc N, Crouse KA. New Insight into the Structural, Electrochemical and Biological Aspects of Macroacyclic Cu(II) Complexes Derived from S-Substituted Dithiocarbazate Schiff Bases. Eur J Med Chem 2016; 120: 1-12.
  • Ng CVT, Fitzgerald H, Qureshi A, Tan HJ, Low ML. Pioneering Annual Colorectal Cancer Screening and Treatment Project Targeting Low Income Communities in Malaysia (Year 2010-2015). Asian Pac J Cancer Prev 2016; 17(7): 3179-3183.
  • Low ML, Paulus G, Dorlet P, Guillot R, Rosli R, Delsuc N, Crouse KA, Policar, C. Synthesis, Characterization and Biological Activity of Cu(II), Zn(II) and Re(I) Complexes Derived from S-Benzyldithiocarbazate and 3-Acetylcoumarin. Biometals 2015; 28(3): 553-566.
  • Low ML, Maigre L, Dorlet P, Guillot R, Pagès JM, Crouse KA, Policar C, Delsuc N. Conjugation of a New Series of Dithiocarbazate Schiff Base Copper(II) Complexes with Vectors Selected to Enhance Antibacterial Activity. Bioconjugate Chem 2014; 25(12): 2269-2284.
  • Low ML, Ravoof TBSA, Tahir MIM, Crouse KA, Tiekink ERT. Crystal structure of 2-{[2-(3-phenylallylidene)hydrazin-1-yl]thiocarbonylsulfanylmethyl}pyridinium chloride. Acta Crystallogr Sect E 2014; 70(11): o1207-o1208.
  • Low ML, Ravoof TBSA, Tahir MIM, Crouse KA, Tiekink ERT. (Pyridin-4-yl)methyl N'-(3-phenylallylidene) hydrazinecarbodithioate. Acta Crystallogr Sect E 2013; 69(2): o167-o168.

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