Dr Priyia Pusparajah

Contact Details

Tel: +603 5514 5870
Fax: +603 5514 6323
Office: Room 4-4-13
Email: priyia.pusparajah@monash.edu

Profile Summary

Dr Priyia Pusparajah trained as a paediatrician, however,  her passion for teaching and research led her to leave the hospital environment to join Monash University in July 2012. She obtained her undergraduate qualification from University Malaya and worked as a houseman and medical officer in various hospitals in Malaysia before moving on to train as a pediatrician in KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital, Singapore. It was during her advanced pediatric training in neonatology that she discovered a passion for academics and embarked on a path that led to joining Monash University Malaysia.

She currently teaches both basic sciences as well as clinical skills and is passionate about developing innovative methods of teaching to make learning a meaningful and stimulating experience for the students;  among her innovations are an integrated anatomy-physiology flip classroom, clinical reasoning workshops for early year medical students and creating inter-disciplinary teaching activities to help integrate material in a meaningful manner for the students. She recently won the Annual Physiology Teachers Prize award organized by the Malaysian Society of Pharmacology and Physiology.  She has also been actively engaged in running clinical trials at the Monash Medical Precinct and is engaged in research on plasma markers of diabetic retinopathy.


MBBS (Malaya), MRCPCH (UK), MMed Paeds (S’pore)


  1. Allah Buksh, Shaun Wen Huey Lee, Priyia Pusparajah, Amer Hayat Khan, Tahir Mehmood Khan (2017). Psychometric properties of the Urdu Version of the Diabetes Knowledge Questionnaire. Frontiers in Public Health. https://doi.org/10.3389/fpubh.2017.00139
  2. Heng SP, Letchumanan V, Deng CY, Pusparajah P, Lee LH. (2017) Vibrio vulnificus: an environmental and clinical burden. Frontiers in Microbiology. https://doi.org/10.3389/fmicb.2017.00997
  3. Loh Teng-Hern Tan, Kok-Gan Chan, Tahir Mehmood Khan, Sarah Ibrahim Bukhari, Surasak Saokaew, Acharaporn Duangjai, Priyia Pusparajah, Learn Han Lee, Goh Bey Hing (2017). Streptomyces sp. MUM212 as a Source of Antioxidants with Radical Scavenging and Metal Chelating Properties. Frontiers in Pharmacology. https://doi.org/10.3389/fphar.2017.00276
  4. Loh Teng-Hern Tan, Kok-Gan Chan, Priyia Pusparajah Wai-Leng Lee, Lay-Hong Chuah,  Tahir Mehmood Khan, Learn Han Lee, Goh Bey Hing (2017).Targeting Membrane Lipid a Potential Cancer Cure? Frontiers in Pharmacology. https://doi.org/10.3389/fphar.2017.00012
  5. Jodi Woan-Fei Law, Hooi-Leng Ser, Tahir Mehmood Khan, Lay-Hong Chuah, Priyia Pusparajah, Kok Gan Chan, Bey Hing Goh, Learn-Han Lee (2017). The potential of Streptomyces as biocontrol agents against the rice blast fungus, Magnaporthe oryzae (Pyricularia oryzae),  Frontiers in Microbiology, section Antimicrobials, Resistance and Chemotherapy. https://doi.org/10.3389/fmicb.2017.00003
  6. Tang C, Hoo C-X, Tan LTH, Pusparajah P, Khan TM, Lee LH, Goh BH. Chan KG. (2016) Golden needle mushroom: A culinary medicine with evidenced- based biological activities and health-promoting properties. Front. Pharmacol. doi 10.3389/fphar.2016.00474
  7. Hui-Li Tan, Kok-Gan Chan, Priyia Pusparajah, Acharaporn Duangjai, Surasak Saokew, tahir Mehmood Khan, Lean-Han Lee, Bey-Hing Goh (2016). Rhizoma Coptidis: A potential cardiovascular protective agent. Front. Pharmacol., 07 October 2016 | http://dx.doi.org/10.3389/fphar.2016.00362
  8. Letchumanan V, Chan K, Pusparajah P, Saokaew S, Duangjai A, Goh B, Ab Mutalib N and Lee L (2016). Insights into bacteriophage application in controlling Vibrio species. Front. Microbiol. 7:1114. doi: 10.3389/fmicb.2016.01114
  9. Tan H-L, Chan K-G, Pusparajah P, Saokaew S, Duangjai A, Lee L-H and Goh B-H (2016) Anti-Cancer Properties of the Naturally Occurring Aphrodisiacs: Icariin and Its Derivatives. Front. Pharmacol. 7:191. doi: 10.3389/fphar.2016.00191
  10. Pusparajah P, Lee L-H and Abdul Kadir K (2016) Molecular Markers of Diabetic Retinopathy: Potential Screening Tool of the Future? Front. Physiol. 7:200. doi: 10.3389/fphys.2016.00200
  11. Jacob, Sabrina Anne; Khan, Tahir Mehmood; Pusparajah, Priyia; Velu, Saraswati; Lee, Learn-Han; Davey, Tamzyn (2016). Students’ Perceived Predictors of an Effective Active Learning/Problem-based Learning Session: A Pilot Study. Journal of Pharmacy Practice and Research. 46 (1) 42-46, doi: 10.1002/jppr.1150
  12. Hui-Li Tan, Kok-Gan Chan, Priyia Pusparajah, Learn-Han Lee, Bey-Hing Goh. (2016)  Gynura procumbens: An overview of the Biological Activities. Frontiers in Pharmacology. 7(52) doi:  10.3389/fphar.2016.00052
  13. Shu-Kee Eng, Priyia Pusparajah, Nurul-Syakima Ab Mutalib, Hooi-Leng Ser, Kok-gan Chan, Learn-Han Lee (2015) "Salmonella: A review on pathogenesis, epidemiology and antibiotic resistance"; Frontiers in Life Sciences, 8(3), 284-293  doi:10.1080/21553769.2015.1051243
  14. Vengadesh Letchumann, Priyia Pusparajah, Tan Loh Teng Hern, Wai Fong  Yin, Learn-Han Lee, Kok Gan Chan (2015). Occurrence and Antibiotic Resistance of Vibrio Parahaemolyticus from Shellfish in Selangor, Malaysia. Frontiers of Microbiology 2015 (6)
    doi: 10.3389/fmicb.2015.01417