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Amber Hameed

  • Job title: Post Graduate Research Student

Research summary

Characterisation of the glycome biosynthesis gene clusters involved in lipooligosaccharide and capsular polysaccharide biosynthesis in Campylobacter sp.

Campylobacters are Gram-negative motile bacteria and form major cause of food poisoning throughout the world, with 9.2 million reported cases per year in the EU alone. The glycome has been shown to be important in campylobacteriosis. Campylobacter has ability to modify its glycome in order to evade the host immune system and their genetic determinants. This work will elucidate the impact of glycome variation in the lifestyle of Campylobacter and its relationship to the development of human disease.

Supervising team

Dr. Gemma Marsden

Associate Lecturer (Human Biosciences)

Dr. Lee Machado

Senior Lecturer in Biochemistry

Dr. Stuart Allen

Associate Lecturer (Human Biosciences)

Research dissemination/activities

Amber attended Society for Applied Microbiology Discussion meeting “The new bacteriology” at the Royal Society, London on 28-29 January 2016.

This research is being completed in collaboration with Northampton General NHS Trust facilities and expertise

Amber has an active interest in promoting STEM subjects and is in the process of becoming a STEM Ambassador.

Biography

Amber graduated in 2012 from the University of the Punjab, Pakistan with a First class Honours degree in Biochemistry. Her undergraduate thesis focused on the optimization of fungal phytase production in solid state fermentation. Prior to coming to UK, Amber completed her clinical traineeship in INMOL Cancer Hospital and Shaukat Khanum Cancer Research Centre, both in Lahore, Pakistan. In 2013, Amber received her Master’s degree in Molecular Biology from the University of Hertfordshire, UK, where she investigated the implementation of genetically engineered biosensors in preservative efficacy testing for her Master’s thesis.

Awards and recognition

Amber received T D Lewis Scholarship from the University of Northampton in 2015.

Amber received Chancellor’s International Scholarship from the University of Hertfordshire in 2012.

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