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Naveed Akbar

PhD, MSc, BSc (Hons)


Postdoctoral Researcher

I obtained my BSc (Hons) in Human Biology before completing an MSc by research in Biomedical Sciences, where I developed an interest in vascular biology and undertook interdisciplinary training to synthesize and fabricate nanoparticles for vascular targeting. I went on to obtain my PhD in Medicine and Therapeutic at the University of Dundee, Scotland, where I investigated the role of innate immune signalling in vascular inflammation using in vivo imaging.

As a senior postdoctoral scientist in the group of Professor Robin Choudhury and a Fulford Junior Research Fellow at Somerville College I investigate the role of extracellular vesicles in inflammation.

Cells within our body can transcribe, package and deliver messages to other cells, through the generation of nano-sized bubble-shaped envelopes, called extracellular vesicles (EVs). Within their enclosed spheres, these messages contain potent instructions that can alter the behaviour and intended biological function of its recipients, which include the very motile and sensitive cells of the immune system. I am uncovering how these shielded messages provoke the immune system into action after a heart attack. Immune system activation after a heart attack directly contributes to further injury and this in turn impacts patient health and well-being. Extracellular vesicles may provide diagnostic potential to better stratify patients for treatment following ischaemic injury and as tools for therapeutic targeting.

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