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I obtained my BSc in Microbiology from California State University Sacramento, California, USA in 1995 prior to pursuing my MSc in Medical Microbiology (Dengue Virus) in Universiti Malaya in 1996. Upon completion of MSc, I continued my academic journey to PhD level in the University of Edinburgh in 2003. In 2006, I received my PhD in Biomedical Sciences (Genes and Development) specializing in Animal Stem Cell Research.

My stem cell research work started back in 2006 upon returning from Edinburgh. I am currently continuing my PhD project with the help of one of my PhD student besides getting involved in amniotic fluid stem (AFS) cell studies, which being carried out by another PhD student. The AFS cell work is actually a continuation from a work conducted by a MSc student, who graduated in 2010.

My main research interest is focusing on the basic mechanisms involving differentiation process of stem cell specifically to unravel the roles of signalling molecules during neural differentiation process of mouse embryonic stem (ES) cell, as the in vitro animal model in an effort to understand the process in human brain development. My great interest also goes to AFS cell studies as an alternative source for pluripotent stem cells circumventing the controversial issues of ES cells. Recently, my research interest has widen its scope into screening of natural products for their neuroprotective effects on induced oxidative stress in neurons differentiated from mouse embryonic stem cells, as an in vitro model for Alzhiemer’s disease.

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Dr. Norshariza Nordin
Clinical Genetics Unit
Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences
43400 UPM Serdang
Selangor, Malaysia.

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Telephone: 03-89472650 (Office)
Fax: 03-89472695 (SCRL)

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