Md sharif reza
Our lab examines the chemokines at atomic level to describe their interactions. Chemokines are a superfamily of small (6–10kDa) chemotactic cytokines that function in leukocyte trafficking, recruitment, and activation. We need chemokines to fight the infection, but they can also play a negative role by promoting autoimmune and allergic inflammatory reactions, cancer, atherosclerosis, or other inflammatory disorders. They can work alone or may interact with others to form heterooligomers. These interactions alter the biological activity of individual chemokines. Our aim is to design molecules that will block these interactions and lead to the development of more targeted pharmacological agents with minimal side effects.
I am pursuing a doctorate in Biophysics, and my research focuses on human Cardiac Myosin, a protein that converts chemical energy (ATP) into mechanical energy, which produces force and movement. It is best known as the molecular motor that drives the contraction of the heart
A project in the Richardson lab studies DNA double-strand breaks caused by a high intake of bioflavonoids. These compounds have a chemical structure similar to the chemotherapeutic drug etoposide. The bioflavonoid that I’m interested in is quercetin, which is a plant pigment mostly found in onions, grapes, berries, broccoli, and citrus fruits. In order to study this compound and its potential damage to DNA, I use our lab’s transgenic mouse model.
Md Moinuddin Sheam
I am a marine microbial ecologist, currently looking into the diversity and biogeochemical impact of viruses in the deep sea. Previously, I pursued my M.Sc (Marine Biology) from Ghent University, Belgium and B.Sc. (Biotechnology) from Islamic University, Bangladesh. I love traveling and have so many places yet to explore.