1 August -1 December 2019: International Medical University, Malaysia (IMU) welcomed a student from Thailand’s Prince of Songkla University, Apiwat, as an intern with the Medicinal Chemistry research team. This was the first inbound student to complete a whole semester in IMU. We managed to catch up with Apiwat and this is what he has to say about his experience.
|Describe a little bit about yourself|
|I am a final year (Semester 11) BSc Pharmacy student from Prince of Songkla University and an ASEAN scholar. As a Pharmacy student, my major will be in industrial pharmacy focusing on pharmaceutical technology. In order to pursue my interest in natural product research. I decided to join the medicinal chemistry research team of IMU as an intern.|
|How did you decide to come to Malaysia and IMU for the internship?|
|I was recommended by one of my professors to join the research team at IMU supervised by Prof Mallikarjuna Rao Pichika to complete my four-month internship. I humbly accepted the recommendation upon looking into the diversity and research excellence of the team, as well as the teaching excellence and professional environment of the worldwide recognised institute. The team’s diversity of expertise covers a wide range of fields relevant to drug discovery such as synthetic organic chemistry, natural products, computational modelling, PKPD/DMPK profiling and target identification. The extraction and isolation of natural product bioactives caught my attention the most, but I do not shy away from learning other experimental techniques and knowledge from various fields.|
We would like to express our heartfelt thanks to Apiwat for taking his time out of his busy schedule to answer our questions. IMU wishes him all the best in his future endeavours.