Lab Members

Post Doctoral fellow position will open by end of 2014

Elizabeth Varghese 
Senior Research Specialist
elizabethVarghese "Working in Dr. Büsselberg`s Lab is a very exciting and challenging experience. It has provided me the opportunity to acquire skills in lab management and also introduced me to novel techniques in research. Moreover, I have been exposed to a wide variety of tasks including training students & volunteers, reviewing literature, presenting posters, developing research plans, editing and proof reading the scientific papers etc. An exciting part of my experience here, was to be part of the animated review on” Lead (Pb2+) neurotoxicity: Ion-mimicry with calcium (Ca2+) impairs synaptic transmission” published in the Journal of Local and Global Health Science. I enjoyed very much to train the students who joined the lab for their summer research. "

Current Volunteers

Dr. Khalid Menshawy
khaled "I graduated from Alexandria Faculty of Medicine, Egypt in 2012. I am interested in Neuroscience and Electro-physiology. I am working on neuroblastoma cell receptors using the patch clamp device."
Mohammed Sheriff
sheriff "I am currently a first year medical student in WCM-Q. In addition I have worked in research labs in both Qatar and Ithaca, NY (In the SSRP program) and have gained valuable lab experience in both lab techniques and analyzing data. Recently I took part in a project trying to identify if the use of pain modulating drugs such as aspirin interfere with the effect of anti cancer drugs."
Shruthi Suresh
suresh "Our project focuses on examining the effect of pain modulators that affect intracellular calcium on cancer drug potency. Our aim is to relate the resulting cytotoxicity in cancer cells to fluctuations in intracelluar changes in calcium which can be done using calcium imaging with calcium binding dyes like fluo-4. The increase or decrease in cytotoxicity can give us an insight into what pain modulators can promote or disturb tumour progression in cancer treatment."
Ayesha Khalid


"I am a student in Medical Year 1, and I have been working with Dr. Busselberg for over a year. In this lab, we (the students) get to choose our own research projects, write proposals for grants, and design our own experiments, all with help and guidance from Dr. Busselberg. Consequently, while exploring the on-going research and designing our research plans, we learn not only the science, but also independent thinking, planning, and specially analysing the raw data. Currently, my group and I are working on how painkillers such as Aspirin affect the efficiency of anti-cancer drugs, such as Cisplatin."

Former Volunteers

Dr. Hisham Abdelmotilib

"I joined Dr. Busselberg`s lab in July 2012 as a volunteer researcher. My research interest was studying the effect of anticancer drugs on the calcium current across the cell membranes of neuroblastoma and breast cancer cells. I used the Patch clamp technique to determine the calcium current across the cell membrane.  Currently, I am a PhD student in University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB), USA. I have started my PhD program in August 2013."
Nawaf Al-Taweel
Nawaf "I joined Dr. Büsselberg`s lab through the Biomedical Research Training Program for Nationals as a recent graduate in pharmacology. The main focus of our lab was on intracellular calcium imaging in breast cancer cells. How does calcium signaling in these cells deviate from normal? And what would be the effect of some classic anti-neoplastic drugs on this delicate signaling system? The mixture of techniques used and the methodology of tackling scientific questions gave me a great insight into the field of biomedical research."
Abdelaziz Farhat
farhat "During my time in the Büsselberg lab,  I worked on elucidating the role of calcium pathways in the anti-cancer actions of cisplatin. Part of the project aimed to utilize that information in order to determine specific hormonal conditions under which the cells would be most responsive to cisplatin. Being in the lab has allowed me to experience research from multiple perspectives. I gained experience in writing proposals, mastered a variety of lab techniques, and practiced presenting both posters and oral presentations."
Amro Wafi
wafi "My first experience with research was in Dr. Büsselberg's lab in WCM-Q. I was working with two of my colleagues on a project sponsored by UREP. I learned a lot of basic techniques like cell culture, fluorescence imaging, and patch clamp. In addition, I was able to present my findings in two conferences and I attended a conference in Germany where we presented our results. After successfully finishing the UREP project, we wrote a review article that was published in the Journal of Local and Global Health Science."
Vignesh Shanmugam
vignesh "My experience in the lab introduced me to the field of biomedical research. In fact it inspired me to pursue a career in research and discovery. Perhaps the most important experience I gained was systematically reviewing the literature and formulating a key question. This would be followed by designing the study to test hypotheses. Initially the volume of information and deciphering the "language of research" in a given research area seemed challenging but after a while the excitement took over and I could see through the literature to ask the right questions in order to "connect the dots". In the lab, I learnt a whole plethora of techniques ranging from cell culture to immunostaining. I was introduced to both molecular biology and electrophysiology techniques. I learnt to appreciate the importance of patience and persistence and believing in your idea when the going gets hard. Its perfectly normal to be frustrated by your results as many a time they don't make sense and sometimes go completely against your idea. Such experiences taught me the "real" scientific method the hard way. Having an open mind while being objective, humble and curious, I believe, are at the very heart of the scientific method. I also believe such skills can only be learnt when one gets his/her hands dirty in a research lab."
Arnab Chowdhury
arnab636147865086757643 "They say a little knowledge is a dangerous thing, but I believe in putting together little pieces of information to see the bigger picture. This is why I am interested in research – so that I can combine fragments of concepts to understand the functioning of organisms, at a cellular and molecular level and be able to appreciate how things work and why things go wrong when they do."
Sanah Sadiq
sanah "Tiny molecules in the human body work together to bring about the huge range of capabilities of man. Figuring out how the interactions between these minuscule entities create the complex functional properties of cells and organs is my field of interest."
Zena Ghazala


"I am currently a first year medical student. With the growing advancement in the medical field, research has become an inseparable part of our education and future practice. I am looking forward to work in this lab to enhance my comprehension of the basic changes occurring during metal toxicity and relating them to the underlying processes of neuronal transmission. Taking part in such a study will further enrich my knowledge aside from exposing me to the methodology of collecting, assessing and interpreting information. PS: I love playing chess :) "
Jasmin Taban

Mohammed Dahir