21 February 2024

Rozana Othman

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Did you know that there is a wide range of career options for students of pharmacy?

“Of course they will be able to work at the pharmacies and hospitals; but they can also venture into retail/community pharmacy (be the owner of the pharmacy!), pharmaceutical industry (developing and manufacturing pharmaceutical products!), entrepreneurship (making their own products), regulatory affairs and legal stuff (e.g. NPRA and enforcement), and research-cum-academician,” said Assoc. Prof. Dr. Rozana Othman, Deputy Dean (Research and Development), Faculty of Pharmacy, Universiti Malaya. She is also currently the Deputy Head, Centre for Natural Products Research and Drug Discovery (CENAR).

Dr. Rozana at her workstation at the Faculty of Pharmacy

Speaking of research, this UM alumni is also the lead investigator in various studies revolving around computational modeling for drug discovery i.e. using computer simulations to create new drugs!

This Brunei-born also helped other research groups in UM to find and test suitable compounds to be potential drugs, particularly using local plants and herbs.

Her next project is on developing an intelligent system that can help quicken the drug discovery route (which currently takes anywhere between 10-15 years!) by simulating the molecular interactions of the potential compounds using machine learning.

Drop Dr. Rozana an email at rozanaothman@um.edu.my if you would like her to help you test your chemical compounds to see for its drug potential, ya?

Siapa tahu you could be a billionaire of a new pharmaceutical company!

Dr. Rozana and her team, Dr. Heh Choon Han (left) and Mr. Asni Mohammad (right)

📸 Profile photos by Mohd. Yani Alias for PPP