Abdulla Ibrahim awarded the Pathological Society of Great Britain and Ireland bursary

Abdulla Ibrahim, a medical student from the University of Dundee, has been awarded a Pathological Society of Great Britain and Ireland bursary to undertake a research project in Gopal Sapkota's laboratory. The Pathological Society of Great Britain and Ireland is dedicated to enhancing high quality research and education in pathology in its broadest sense. This includes the support and encouragement of research and other activities that further the understanding of disease processes. The prestigious undergraduate bursary scheme enables undergraduate students to work for elective or vacation periods in departments of pathology in universities, medical schools, NHS laboratories or research institutes in the United Kingdom or overseas.

Abdulla, who has been in Gopal Sapkota's laboratory since May 1st 2010, has been investigating the roles and the regulation of distinct splice variants of Smad2, a key mediator of the TGF-beta signals. By undertaking a proteomic approach, Abdulla has identified a few novel proteins, which selectively interact with specific splice variants of Smad2. Currently he is characterising the specificity of the interactions and the roles that these proteins have on TGF-beta pathway.