Academic Year 2008-2009

Rubina Ms. Rubina Aktar

Rubina was a QMUL student who studied the regulation of ferritin expression by metal transcription factor, itself induced by zinc. Contributed to a publication in FEBS Letters. She moved to the Medical School at Queen Mary, University of London for a Ph.D.


Adam Mr. Abhyuday Deshpande

Adam was QMUL student who received a BBSRC summer student award to work on “Genetic mapping of the Drosophila melanogaster mutant allele responsible for ectopic expression of ferritin in the larval anal pads”. He also stayed in the lab for his final year project which contributed towards 2 publications in Biochemical Society Transactions and Biochimie. Adam continued to do a Ph.D. at Newcastle University.


Christelle Ms. Christelle Durand

Christelle was an international student from the
Institut National de sciences appliquées in Toulouse, France, who worked on “Ferritin expression in wild type flies collected from various regions of Italy”. She then took up a Ph.D. at the University of Paris.


Nicanor Dr. Nicanor Gonzalez Morales

Nicanor was an undergraduate student from the
Institute of Neurobiology, National Autonomous University of Mexico. He visited the lab for a summer internship working on the role of ferritin in Drosophila development. Nicanor received a prestigious fellowship from Mexico to undertake his Ph.D. studies at the University of Marseille in France. His work in my lab was published in PLoS ONE. Nicanor is now a postdoc at McGill University.


LuciaSpain Dr. Lucia Gutiérrez

Lucia spent six months in the lab developing a multidisciplinary approach to study the iron proteome. She then accepted a fellowship to work at the Material Sciences Institute in Madrid and is presently a Ramon y Cajal fellow at the University of Zaragoza. Her work was published in Metallomics. Lucia also mentored two project students and was first author of their joint paper in FEBS Letters.


Anuja Dr. Anuja Mehta

Anuja was responsible for fly maintenance and some departmental teaching in practicals. Research-wise, Anuja performed a genetic screen aimed at isolating novel mutants involved in iron homeostasis. She also mentored and was helped by final year project students in this project. Anuja authored 2 publications during her stay, in
Biochemical Society Transactions and Biochimie, after which she moved on to do a Ph.D. at Brandeis University.


Narmatha Ms. Narmatha Sabaratnam

Narmatha was a QMUL student who studied a fly model of pantothenate kinase associated neurodegeneration. She contributed to a publication in FEBS Letters reporting zinc accumulation in flies with a mutation in pantothenate kinase.


Mr. Darren Pilbro – QMUL student: in vivo imaging of ferritin assembly.

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