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Sameera Iqbal awarded poster prize

2 February 2018:

Sameera Iqbal, CNBP PhD student at Macquarie University has been awarded a certificate and cash prize for her poster presentation at the Australasian Glycoscience Symposium at the Lorne Proteomics Conference, 2 Feb, 2018.

Her poster detailed the following work –

‘PolySialic Acid (PolySia) is an α2-8-linked sialic acid chain present on cell surfaces in embryonic brains. Changes in polysialylation pattern are reported to be associated with immune defense and inflammation in the CNS. Opioids such as Morphine-3-Glucuronide (M3G) (metabolite of morphine) activates neuroinflammation in a manner parallel to Lipopolysaccharide (LPS), compromising opioid-induced analgesia. In this study, morphine (Morphine-3-glucuronide) was hypothesized to affect the polySia expression in neurons and astrocyte cell lines. It was observed that PolySia expression was significantly increased in neurons following LPS and M3G stimulation.’

Well done Sameera!

New CNBP student at Macquarie

Sameera2web1 September 2015:

We welcome CNBP’s newest PhD candidate to Macquarie University, Sameera Iqbal.

Sameera, supervised by CNBP Chief Investigator Nicolle Packer, is working on finding a selective bioactive-peptide that will bind to Polysialic Acid, for use in imaging in the brain. Her PhD is titled, “Imaging Polysialic Acid Using Selective Bioactive-Peptides.”

She completed a Bachelor of Biochemistry and Biotechnology from North South University in Dhaka Bangladesh in the year 2012. Then undertook a Master of Research degree in Chemistry and Biomolecular Science at Macquarie University. Here she gained expertise in the field of stem cell research, specifically trying to evaluate the effect of labeling stem cells with nanoparticles.

Welcome to the CNBP team Sameera!