Early Honor: Researcher receives award for lipid research
June 8, 2012
By Doug Boyd, ECU News Services
Dr. S. Raza Shaikh, a biochemist at the Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University, was recognized recently for his research involving omega-3 fatty acids and the body’s immune system.
Shaikh, an assistant professor in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, received the Early Career Award on May 28 at the biennial congress of the International Society for Fatty Acids and Lipids, held in Vancouver, British Colombia.
He was introduced and awarded by Dr. Klaus Gawrisch, the chief of the Laboratory of Membrane Biochemistry and Biophysics at the National Institutes of Health. As part of the award, Shaikh presented a plenary lecture and platform talk on his research.
Shaikh is studying how omega-3 fatty acids may be used to disrupt the biophysical and biochemical lipid/protein plasma membrane organization of lymphocytes, or white blood cells, to suppress immunity in cases where it is harmful. His long-term goal is to develop omega-3 fatty acids as a dietary intervention for the prevention and treatment of inflammation-associated disorders. Inflammation is a type of immune response.
Omega-3 fatty acids are typically found in certain fish and in dietary supplements and have several known health benefits, such as reducing triglyceride levels.
Renu G. Jain, Ph.D. Biochemistry, 1997 recognized as one of “The 100 Incredible ECU Women”
The East Carolina University Women’s Roundtable (Kay H. Chalk, Chair, Nancy L. Ballard Honorary Chair) honored 100 women recognized by their peers as outstanding leaders who have brought honor to the university as well as themselves. The event celebrates the importance of women in the founding and history of ECU and encourages the continuation of women in leadership.
Renu is a lead clinical research scientist at GlaxoSmithKline, has also done postdoctoral research at the UNC Lineberger Cancer Center. At GSK she wrote, set-up, and oversaw the conduct of two global pediatric HIV GSK protocols which tested a new HIV medicine therapy for HIV-1 infected children as young as 6 months. The data from these clinical studies has been submitted to the FDA and European regulatory authorities for review, and when approved will provide a new HIV medicine for HIV-infected children.
Message from the Chair:
Phillip Pekala, PhD “In recent years we have seen exciting changes in our understanding of teaching methods that both stimulate and motivate the researcher. Our PhD program is designed to support our students as they progress toward a career in science.”
Please use our website to learn more about our program. Feel free to contact Dr. Phillip Pekala or Dr. Brett Keiper, Associate Professor and Graduate Program Committee Chairman to see if you have what it takes to shape the future in a positive manner.