Dr. Mahibub Mahamadsa Kanakal

Associate Professor


  • Bachelor of Pharmacy (RGUHS, Bangalore India); 2003
  • Master of Pharmacy (M.Pharm) in Pharmaceutics (RGUHS, Bangalore India); 2006
  • PhD – Pharmaceutical Technology (USM); 2013


  • Industrial Pharmacy and R&D – 10 years
  • Academia – 14 years

Research Interest

  • Pharmaceutical Formulation Research and  Development (FR&D)
  • Herbal Product Development and Commercialisation
  • Novel Drug Delivery Preparations
  • Analytical Method Development
Professional Membership

  • Registered Pharmacist with Karnataka State Pharmacy Council, Bangalore, Karnataka, India
  • Member of Malaysian Natural Product Society, Malaysia
  • Member of The Malaysia Local Chapter of the Controlled Release Society.
  • Member of Malaysian Pharmaceutical Society

Current Teaching and Administrative Responsibilities Administrative


  • Director for Pharmaceutical Product Development and Commercialisation
  • Head – Department of Pharmaceutics and Pharmaceutical Technology
  • Coordinator- Research, Postgraduate Studies and Strategic Linkages


  • Physical Pharmacy, Solid Dosage Forms, Liquid and Semi Solid Dosage Forms, Sterile Dosage Forms, Advanced Drug Delivery Systems, Extemporaneous Preparations, Pharmaceutical Management, Pharmaceutical Quality Assurance and Research Methodology

Previous Employment

  • KLE College of Pharmacy, Belgaum, India; April 2004 – Dec 2005
  • Soniya College of Pharmacy, Dharwad, RGUHS- Lecturer; Dec 2005 – April 2006
  • Formulation Scientist- FR&D, Cosme Farma Ltd, Goa, India; April 2006 – Aug 2006
  • Formulation Scientist – FR&D, Cipla Ltd at Mumbai, India; Aug 2006 – July 2007
  • University Sains Malaysia (USM), Graduate Assistant; July 2007 to Dec 2009
  • Island College of Pharmacy – Lecturer; Dec 2009- Sept 2010
  • University Institute Teknologi MARA (UiTM) – Lecturer; Feb 2011 – Dec 2014
  • University Malaya (UM) – Senior Lecturer; Jan 2015 – Dec 2015

Selected Conference and Training

  1. Poster Presentation:
    Materials: Crystal Engineering, 42nd IUPAC CONGRESS, Royal Chemical Society, Glasgow, UK. 2009.
    Effects of particle size on packing of sodium chloride during tablet compression.
  2. Oral Presentation:
    CANSSUFIVE® Inovvation-Geneva-2011, at Geneva Switzerland.
    Composant Standardise a base de plantes ayat une activite-angiogenique (Standardized plant base composition for Antiangiogenic activity)
  3. Oral Presentation:
    International Conference on Natural Products-2013 at SACC- Shah Alam, Malaysia
    Effect Of Moisture Content On Physical Characteristics Of Orthosiphon Stamineus (Benth) Leaf Water Extract Powder
  4. Oral Presentation:
    IUPHAR World Conference on the Pharmacology of Natural and Traditional Medicine 2015, National Singapore University (NSU), July 22-24, 2015 in the Republic of Singapore.
    Effect of solvent combination on density and elements of spray dried Orthosiphon Stamineus extract powder.
  5. Poster Presentation:
    3rd AMDI International Bio health Science Conference 2018 in Ist International Symposium on Herbal Medicine at Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia.
    Extraction, Formulation, And Evaluation For Antimicrobial activity of Senna Alata Leaves
  6. Kanakal Mahibub, Meti Vijaykumar, Lean Yen Loong, Doblin sandai (2018).  Studies on in vitro antimicrobial activity of ethanolic extract for Senna alata (L) leaves by disc diffusion method. International Conference Biotechnological Research and Innovation for Sustainable Development. Indian Institute of Chemical Technology (IICT) Hyderabad, India

Selected Research and Publications

  1. Effect of Processing Variables on Dissolution and Solubility of Piroxicam: Hydroxypropyl-β-Cyclodextrin Inclusion Complexes
    Doijad RC., and Manvi FM., Kanakal, MM
    Indian Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences 2007; 69(2); 323-326. ISSN: 0250-474X
  2. Effect of Coating Solvent Ratio on the Drug Release Lag Time of Coated Theophylline Osmotic Tablets.
    Kanakal, M.M., Azmin, M.N., Sakeena, M.H.F
    Tropical Journal of Pharmaceutical Research 2009; 8(3); 239-245 ISSN: 1596-5996 (p); 1596-9827 (e) Research Article
  3. Formulation and in vitro Evaluation of Ketoprofen in Palm Oil Esters Nanoemulsion for Topical Delivery
    Sakeena M.H.F, Kanakal, M.M et al.
    Journal of Oleo. Science 2010; 59(4); 223-228.
    ISSN: 1347-3352 Research Article
  4. Effect of Limonene on Permeation Enhancement of Ketoprofen in Palm Oil Esters Nanoemulsion
    Sakeena M.H.F, Kanakal, M.M et al.
    Journal of Oleo. Science 2010; 59(7); 395-400. ISSN: 1347-3352 Research Article
  5. Composition Comprising Sandoricum Koetjape Extracts And Uses Thereof
    Kanakal MM, Amin Malik Shah Abdul Majid
    United States Patent February 06, 2013.
    Patent No: WO2013/028051 A128
  6. Buffer-free High performance Liquid Chromatography Method For the Determination of Theophylline in Pharmaceutical Dosage Forms
    Mahibub, M. Kanakal*., Amin Malik S Abdul Majid., Aman S Abdul Majid., Munavvar Zubaid A Sattar., Noor Shahida Ajmi.
    Tropical Journal of Pharmaceutical Research 2014; 13(1): 149-153 ISSN: 1596-5996 (p); 1596-9827 (e) Research Article
  7. Herbaceutical Formulations.
    Kanakal MM, Amin Malik Shah Abdul Majid
    United States Patent October 06, 2016.
    Patent No: US 2016/0287656A1
  8. Kanakal MM, V.Kotra, V.Meti, NS Ajmi, Sandai D,  LY. Long (2018). A Review on standardization of Phytoconstituents in Senna alata plant extract by various analytical techniques. International Journal Pharmaceutical Research. Vol. 10, Issue 4; 2018.
  9. Kanakal MM, Meti Vijaykumar, Loong LY, Harpreet Kaur, Ajmi NS, Doblin Sandai (2019). Antifungal activity of ointment and cream containing standardized ethanolic leaf extract of Senna alata (L). International Conference on innovations in pharmaceutical technologies (Met-i-con-2019), Nashik, India.

Consultancy Services

  • Pharmaceutical Product Development Consultant for  Natureceutical Sdn Bhd
  • Formulation Research and Development Consultant for Eman Biodiscovery Sdn Bhd

Community Service

  • Medicine Management – Monthly at Home for the Aged SIMEE, Ipoh


  1. Formulation Development at EmanBiodiscovery Sdn Bhd and  Natureceutical Sdn Bhd
  2. Medicine Management – Senior Citizens Home, Ipoh


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