I was appointed at Keele as a Lecturer in the School of Life Sciences in August 2009. Prior to this, I obtained a first class BSc (Hons) in Biochemistry in 1995 and a PhD in cellular pharmacology in 1998, both from Keele. I subsequently was employed as a post-doctoral research fellow, where my work involved identifying and studying novel molecules which control apoptosis, in order to define new drug targets for the therapy of cancer and other human diseases where apoptosis control is dysfunctional.
Since starting my lecturer post, I became interested in educational research and in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning. This culminated in the completion of a Master’s Degree in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (MATLHE) at Keele in 2011.
Research and scholarship
My research interests are in molecular cell biology and cell signalling i.e. investigating the way that mammalian cells function and communicate. Areas of particular interest include studying the signalling pathways involved in the cell fate decision. Currently, my work concentrates on the elucidation of the signalling pathways initiated by the modulation of the expression of a number of genes and how they eventually cause the destruction of the cell. These genes include those that encode non-coding RNAs (ncRNAs). I am interested in investigating the roles of ncRNAs in the death and survival of human cells and in cancer. I also have a long-standing interest in studying the role of phosphatases in cancer.
Current projects include:
- The role of serine/threonine phosphatase in human cancer.
- The role of long non-coding RNAs in human cancer.
- The role of Vacuolar ATPase subunits in breast cancer.
- Identification of novel long non coding RNAs involved in the control of cell death and survival (Funded by Royal Society Grant).
- Year 1 Human Biology Tutor
- LSC-10066: Molecular Cell Biology
- LSC-10072: Cellular Genetics and Evolution
- LSC-20052: Nutrition and Energy Balance (Module Manager)
- LSC-20085: Cell Signalling (Module Manager)
- LSC-30015: Biology of Disease
- LSC-30004: Research project (Experimental)
- LSC-30007: Research project (Dissertation)
- LSC 30028: Advances in Medicine
- LSC-30030: Human Evolution
- LSC-30010: Biochemistry in Practice
- LSC30041: Biomedical Science and Pathology (Module Manager)
- LSC-30061: Cancer Biology
Year 4/ MSc Biomedical Blood Science
- LSC-40033: Advanced Laboratory Techniques (Module Manager)
Dr Anwar M Hasan, Research Associate, firstname.lastname@example.org, +44 (0)1782 733682
Dr Hassan has gained her PhD from Keele University. Dr Hassan is currently involved in investigating the role of phosphatases in cancer.
Maria Maroszek (PhD student, Joined February 2019)
Taniqua Kristina Adderley (Phd student,joined the lab in January 2020)
Taniqua's project investigates drug repurposing in cancer. Prior joining the lab, Taniqua completed her undergraduate degree in Neuroscience at Keele University, Master of Science in Molecular Biology and Pathology of Viruses, Imperial College London (2016) and Master of Science in Molecular Pathology and Therapeutics of Cancer, University of Leicester (2017).
Prior starting the PhD, Alessia obtained a BSc in Human Biology and Medicinal Chemistry here at Keele. During her second year, she was chosen to undertake a placement in Malaysia, at USM, working on a novel anticancer compound in breast cancer cell lines. Afterwards Alessia worked for a year as a Graduate Quality Manager in an Energy & Recycling Company.
Alex has joined the lab in 2022. Her project focuses on investigating the role of long non-coding RNA in glioma and neuroblastoma. Prior to joining the lab, Alex completed Master of Science in Molecular Genetics and Diagnostics in 2020 University of Nottingham and BSc in Medical Genetics in 2018 University Centre Shrewsbury . Alex is currently working as a visiting lecturer at University Centre Shrewsbury.
Previous lab members
Zainab Almnaseer completed her PhD in January 2018. She was the first PhD completion from the group. Zainab is a Medical Doctor and worked as General Practitioner in her home country of Iraq. Her project focused on the investigation of the role of long non coding RNAs in cancer. Zainab has presented her work in a number of conferences including NCRI and EACR conferences. Zainab pictured below with her Extrenal Examiner Dr Aditi Kanhere of Birmingham University and her advisor Prof Gwyn Williams, is now back to her home country where she works as a lecturer.
Links to Zainab’s thesis and conference contribution:
Hiba Mohammed has recently completed her PhD. She is the second PhD completion from the group. Hiba is a Medical Doctor and worked as General Practitioner in her home country of Iraq. Her project investigated the role of protein phosphatase 4 in breast cancer. Hiba has presented her work in a number of conferences including NCRI, EACR and ECDO. Her work also resulted in a peer reviewed publication.
Links to Hiba’s publications and activities:
Mathilda Abou Faycal was a Master student at the Faculty of Pharmacy, Lebanese University. Mathilda carried out her MSc project in the lab in summer 2017. Her work involves investigating the role of protein phosphatase 4 regulatory subunits in leukemia. Mathilda’s work was presented in NCRI conference November 2017. Mathilda has since graduated with an MSc in Pharmaceutical Biotechnology in her home country.
Chloe Gawlik (MPhil Student)
Chloe completed her MPhil in Jannuary 2019. Prior to joining the lab, Chloe completed a degree in Biomedical Science at Keele University.
Hasan Al Sayed Mortada (MSc student)
Ms Katerina Bountali (PhD student)
Katerina has completed her PhD in 2021. Her project focused on the investigation of the role of long non-coding RNAs in neuroblastoma and glioma. Katerina has presented her work in a number of conferences including NCRI and EACR conferences. Katreina is now back to her home country in Greece where she works as a scientific researcher.
Links to Katerina’s publications:
Nadieh Kavousi (PhD student)
Nadieh has completed her PhD in 2022. Her project investigates the role of protein phosphatase regulatory subunit 3 in cancer. Prior to joining the lab, Nadieh completed a degree in Biomedical Science at Keele University.
Links to Nadieh Kavousi publications:
2018: Dorcas Umar
2017: Mathilda Abou Faycal
2016: Farah Haji Alnassay
2016: Cyntura Sivanandan
2016: Alicja Ladna
2015: Jawhar Omar
2015: Abdi Suaad
2019-2020 Rochelle Hesse-Lamptey, Jordan Dhanda, Hannah Newton-Oakes, Rebecca Newell,Cameron Campbell and Abdur-Rahmaan Hussain.
2018-19: Mohammadali Kavousi, Matej Lietava, Emilia Postaleniec, Victoria Mason , Adeelah Ghafoor, Sriram Vijayakumar, Alexandra Condon, Nicola Robinson, Ollie Tomlins.
2017-18: Ryan Dimmock, Sam Longstaff, Sarah Nicholson,Emily Scanlon, Keith Turita, Rachel Ho, Swetha Umashankar, Lindsay Coll.
2016-17: Bandeira Kevi, Jayawardena Upeshala, Lo Pui, Mackenzie Luke, Percival Shannon
2015-16: Kwai Wong, Will Smith, Arrti Sureshkumar, Chi Chair, Najeebah Zainal Ariffin, Joel Richardson
2014-5: Tasha Hunt, Aqeela Mahroof, Jade Chritchely
2013-14: Abdihakin Dirie, James Johnson, Lauren Anthony