Dr Bharat Bhushan
Position - Postdoctoral research associate
Project title - Determining and exploiting the anti-cancer properties of naked mole-rat hyaluronan
Bharat’s project involves trying to understand why the naked mole rat rarely develops cancer and how this can be exploited in the treatment of humans. This involves isolating extracellular matrix from tissue and determining how cancerous cells behave in this environment. This project is in collaboration with Mr Kenneth Rankin and Dr Ewan St John Smith.
Position - PhD student
Project title - The role of naked mole rat cell membranes in resistance against ageing and neurodegenerative disease.
Matt’s project hypothesises that it is the naked mole rat cell membrane that is key to it’s resistance to ageing and the development of neurodegenerative diseases. Matt works with both experiment and molecular dynamics simulations. Collaborators on this project are Dr Ewan St John Smith and Chris Lorenz.