Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Hudson student - Charlotte Nejad

Centre for Innate Immunity and Infectious Diseases (CiiiD)
Nucleic Acids and Innate Immunity Research Group
Supervisor(s): Dr Michael Gantier and Dr Jonathan Ferrand
Degree: 3rd year PhD student

What is the aim of your research?

Identifying the role of microRNAs (miRNAs) in the regulation of immune responses.

What do you hope to achieve? 
A long-lasting impact in the field of miRNA research and innate immunity in general.

Why did you choose Hudson Institute for your PhD?
State-of-the-art resources and technology platforms, collaborations to international and national scientific leaders and to be affiliated with one of the best universities in the country.

Why did you choose your research group?
I joined the research group after completing a Master of Science (MSc) in Germany on the co-operativity between miRNAs in cardiovascular diseases, which was fascinating. As a result, I decided to develop my scientific career on the theme of miRNA research, which is one of the research interests within the lab I am in.

What has being at Hudson Institute helped you achieve? 
Presentation and communication skills due to weekly centre meetings, conferences, seminars and workshops.

What are the potential clinical benefits of your research? 
The third aim of my PhD focuses on the use of miRNAs as biomarkers in diseases such as Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE). For this aim, we are working closely with Professor Eric Morand and his team, who has a large biobank of SLE sera. The open collaborative structure to clinicians and clinical scientists at the Hudson Institute brings your research to another level and sets you apart from other research projects.

What is student life like at the Hudson Institute? 
At the Hudson Institute, there is an active student society, who are running several social events throughout the year. This is a fantastic opportunity to get to know everyone, especially if you are an international student, like me. Also, there is a great working environment at the Hudson Institute, where everyone is extremely helpful.

What did you do before starting your PhD? 
I finished my MSc in pharmaceutical bioprocess engineering in Munich, Germany.

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