Dr. Hema Ramachandran completed her Bachelor of Sciences (Hons) degree in Applied Biology (Biotechnology) at the University of Science, Malaysia (USM). Then, she was awarded USM Fellowship to pursue her doctoral degree in Microbial Biotechnology at USM. She developed an interest in microbial biopolymer which led to studies on the biosynthesis of polyhydroxyalkanoates (PHAs) from novel renewable materials. Upon completing her Ph.D., she joined Centre for Chemical Biology, USM as a research officer, and focused on establishing a systematic microbial cell culture collection. Dr. Hema is currently a Senior Lecturer at the School of Biological Sciences, Faculty of Science and Technology, Quest International University Perak. Her current research focusses on the medical application of PHAs, particularly in the drug delivery system. She has acquired Fundamental Research Grant Scheme (FRGS) as Principle Investigator, supervises undergraduate and master graduate students, and is the author of several scientific publications.