Mazia Amber holds Master’s Degree in Biomedical Engineering with specialisation in Molecular and Cellular Biotherapies from Paris Descartes University in France, which was fully funded by the French Government’s prestigious Eiffel Excellence Scholarship (2014-2016). She also has a background in Biotechnology and microbiology at Bachelor’s level.
Science-related Work Experience:
During her Masters, Mazia completed three different internships at INSERM UMR’s in France. In 2015, she did two internships at INSERM UMR-1138, Centre de Recherché des Cordeliers, Paris where she worked on studying differentiation potential of FACS sorted mice gingival fibroblasts and impact of interaction between MSX-2 and Wnt inhibitors on dentinogenesis in transgenic mice. She completed her Masters project of six months at Institute Gustave Roussy, Villejuif, France on “In-vitro modeling of tumor microenvironment interactions in diffused intrinsic pontine gliomas (DIPG)”. DIPG is pediatric tumor, with the average survival rate of patients being less than one year after diagnosis. To date, there is no treatment available for DIPG. Chemotherapy is ineffective due to the intact blood brain barrier (BBB), while Radiotherapy provides only transient symptom relief. Very little was known about the biology of this tumor until recently research groups succeeded in developing an in-vivo model for DIPG. For this reason, Mazia was setting up in-vitro assays to investigate proliferation, invasion and migration glioma stem cells (GSC’s), hoping that results obtained from her internship will help to better understand interactions of this tumor type in-vivo. Currently she is undertaking her PhD under supervision of Dr. Lisa Connolly at Institute for Global Food Security (IGFS), Queen’s University of Belfast, UK. Her work is mainly focused on the development of novel in-vitro bioassays for the detection of endocrine disruptors and their mixtures by identifying new targets and linking them to adverse outcome pathways
Other Professional Points-of-Interest:
Mazia is strongly interested in the development of in-vitro bioassays for detection of endocrine disruptors. She is fluent in English and has native or bilingual proficiency for Urdu, Hindi and Punjabi. She also has some working proficiency for the French language.
Area of science:
Lisa’s research focuses on endocrine disrupting environmental and food based toxins resulting from modern day industrial, agricultural or natural sources. Utilising innovative and emerging in vitro bioassays for the assessment of endocrine disruptors (ED’s) in food, feed and the environment, this work aims to identify ED mechanism of action, horizon scan for emerging ED’s and assess the mixture effects related to health.
Currently a Reader of Toxin Food Safety within the Institute for Global Food Security and the School of Biological Sciences at Queen’s University Belfast (QUB). Previously Lisa obtained her BSc in Biological Sciences at The University of Ulster, Northern Ireland, in 1994. In 1999 she was awarded a PhD in Biological Sciences specialising in cancer research at Dublin City University, Ireland. As a postdoctoral scientist, Lisa was involved in projects developing and applying new technologies for the detection of harmful contaminants in food.
The PROTECTED ITN Coordinator and supervisor of ESR 13 (Emerging High Content Analysis technology for the investigation of ED’s and their mixtures).
Area of science:
Erik has broad research experience including both in vivo and in vitro studies using isolated cells and organs, experimental species (including zebrafish, rodents, small and large ruminants) as well as field studies with marine mammals and ruminants. His main research interest has been how environmental factors can affect biological functions. He has initiated a number of research projects on environmental toxicology and been involved in several EU projects, in COST actions and in research related to developing countries.
Currently the Head of Section of Experimental Biomedicine within the Department of Production Animal Clinical Sciences at Norwegian University of Life Sciences. Previously Erik obtained his Degree in Veterinary Science at the Norwegian School of Veterinary Science (NVH) in 1980. In 1986 he was awarded a PhD in Animal Reproduction and in 1988 the Degree of Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (Dr. med. vet.). In 1990 he was appointed Professor of Animal Reproduction at the same institution. Between 1990 and 2012 he served part of the time as Head of Department (6 years) and Deputy Dean at NVH (4 years).
The PROTECTED ITN WP 4 leader and supervisor of ESR 7 and ESR 8.