KM Taufiqul Arif

    PhD Candidate

    MS, Khulna University
    B.Sc, Khulna University

    I am a PhD candidate working on finding an association between microRNA (miRNA) related single nucleotide polymorphisms (mirSNPs) and the risk of breast cancer among Australian Caucasian women. This will be followed by the functional-study approach which involves cell culture, gene expression analysis, miRNA expression analysis, RNA-Seq and molecular pathway analysis to validate the true contribution of miRNA variant(s) in increasing the risk of breast cancer. The variants will also be screened to discover their manifestation in different molecular subtypes of breast cancer. Therefore, potential mirSNPs might provide a diagnostic tool to identify breast cancer at an early stage.

    I completed my MS and B.Sc in Biotechnology and Genetic Engineering from Khulna University, Bangladesh, with a focus on pharmacological/anti-bacterial/anti-diabetic properties of selective edible mangrove plants. I worked as a Research Assistant at Chemical Kinomics Research Center in Korea Institute of Science and Technology (KIST), South Korea, focusing on anti-inflammatory property of LCB-0110 a DDR1/DDR2 Tyrosine Kinase Inhibitor in a range of disease models (e.g. Atopic Dermatitis, Atherosclerosis, Sepsis, Liver Cirrhosis and Dry Eye Syndrome) in vitro and in vivo.

    My research interests include molecular cancer genomics, genetic engineering, diagnostic genetics.