Dr. Nethia Mohana Kumaran



Dr. Nethia Mohana Kumaran graduated with BSc (Hons) Microbiology from Universiti Sains Malaysia and is the recipient of the Professor E. Balasingam Gold Medal Award (Best Graduating  Student in Biological Sciences, USM, 2005). After completing her MSc (Oncology) at the University of Nottingham, UK, she received a scholarship from the Ministry of Higher Education Malaysia to pursue her doctorate in Medicine at the University of Sydney (USyd), Australia. While in Sydney, she received the prestigious New South Wales Scholar Award to continue her PhD work at USyd.

She also received two awards for Best Oral Presentation by a Young Investigator from the Australasian Society of Dermatology Research and the awards were recognized as significant achievement by the USyd Medical School in 2012. Nethia joined Universiti Sains Malaysia in 2013 as a lecturer. Her main research focus is to identify pro-survival proteins which contribute to Nasopharyngeal cancer (NPC) cell survival using the CRISPR/Cas9 technology and later target these proteins with BH3 mimetic drugs. She is a life-member of the NPC Society of Malaysia, an active member and ambassodar of the European Association for Cancer Research (EACR) and a member of the Young Scientists Network- Academy of Sciences Malaysia. Nethia continues to win numerous accolades for her work including the coveted L'Oreal-UNESCO for Women in Science National Fellowship and the MAKNA Cancer Research award in 2016.