Academic Year 2010-2011

Bilge Dr. Bilge Argunhan

Bilge was a QMUL student who performed a genetic screen to identify novel mutants affecting metal homeostasis in
Drosophila. Co-author in FEBS Open Biology. Continued for his PhD at University of Sussex and for a postdoc at the University of Tokyo. He is presently a Marie-Curie Fellow at Imperial College.

Mr. Rohil Goutam
– QMUL student: in vivo imaging of ferritin subunits. Presently an Optometrician in London.

Ms. Sonia Hamza
– Master’s student project from University Aix-Marseille in France: The effect of iron homeostasis on fungal pathogenicity.

Ms. Tharse Pathmanathan - Undergraduate student of Biomedical Sciences: working on the characterization of a novel Drosophila melanogaster mutant, which confers male infertility in trans with heterozygous mutants of either ferritin or mitoferrin genes. Continued and received a Masters in my laboratory at the CINVESTAV. She is presently teaching at secondary education in the London area.

page2-pasted-graphic-3-3-2 Ms. Katarina Vogler

visiting graduate from the
University of Innsbruck who analyzed the role of multicopper oxidases in copper and iron homeostasis in Drosophila.

Academic Year 2009-2010

Lucia Dr. Lucia Bettedi

Lucia was an Erasmus exchange student from the
University of Ferrara, Italy and later returned to the lab with a Leonardo da Vinci placement. She studied the impact of dietary copper on iron homeostasis and contributed to various publications in the lab; first author of our first paper in the Journal of Experimental Biology. Lucia subsequently received a Ph.D. from University College London. Presently a post-doc with Dr. Mary Lilly at the NICHD, Bethesda, Maryland.

page5-pasted-graphic-1 Dr. Mohamad F. Aslam

Mohamad was a QMUL student investigating the function of Malvolio (proposed divalent metal transporter homologue) in Drosophila. He co-authored our paper in the Journal of Experimental Biology. Graduate of Medical Genetics continuing his research on the interaction between multicopper oxidase 3 and divalent metal transporter 1 mutants and cloning the ferritin genomic locus for in vitro mutagenesis. Received a Ph.D. from Cambridge University. Presently a postdoc with Dr. Paul Sharp at King’s College London.

Maryam Dr. Maryam Sadraie

Undergraduate student of Medical Genetics: pioneered work on metal homeostasis in different species of Drosophilidae. Maryam published her work in
Biometals and continued for a Masters of Research in Reproductive Biology at Edinburgh University and a PhD at the University of Kent. Presently a teacher of Biology in London.

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