Staff profile - Sarah Shigdar

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Dr Sarah Shigdar

Position: Lecturer in Medical Science
Faculty or Division: Faculty of Health
Department: School of Medicine
Campus: Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus
Phone: +61 3 52272846 +61 3 52272846
Email: sarah.shigdar@deakin.edu.au

Biography

Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Science (Biological Science), University of Wolverhampton, 1995
  • Doctor of Philosophy, Deakin University, 2009


Professional activities

Secretary International Society of Aptamers 2015 -

Academic

Subjects and units currently teaching

HMM101 Introduction to Medical Biotechnology

HMM304 Therapeutic Development

HMH401 Developing Research Skills


Knowledge areas

Aptamers


Awards

Awards and prizes

Smart Geelong Awards - Researcher of the Year 2011 – Population Health and Lifestyle - 'Establishing a Platform for the Generation of RNA Missiles Targeting Cancer Initiating Cells'

Smart Geelong Awards - Early Career Researcher of the Year 2013 - 'Getting the brain to take its medicine – development of a smart platform to treat tumour metastases'


Research

Research projects

Aptamers as theranostic agents

Getting the brain to take its medicine


Research interests

Dr Shigdar is focused on the development of aptamers, also known as chemical antibodies, for their use in both diagnostic and therapeutic applications. Dr Shigdar's main focus is on the use of aptamers for the treatment of neurological disorders - brain cancers, brain metastases, and neurodegenerative disorders


Research grants

2011

Royal College Pathologists Australia: Christine Qian, Sarah Shigdar, Wei Duan. Development of  a  novel  chemical  antibody-based  method  for detection  of  cancer  stem  cells  in formalin fixed and paraffin-embedded tissue sections $5000

2013

MMR SRC CRGS near miss: Establishment of an RNA aptamer-based cancer initiating cell targeting nanomedicine platform $5000


SoM MMR SRC New Investigator Award $10000


Deakin University Independent Researcher Equipment seed funding $10000


Smart Geelong Early Career Researcher of the Year $2000

CASS Foundation Travel Grant $5000

Cross-Faculty Research Grant: Dr Wenrong Yang, Prof. Colin Barrow, Dr. Da Li, Prof. Wei Duan, Prof. Johnson Mak and Dr. Sarah Shigdar. Aptamers Functionalised Carbon Nano-Colloids for Targeted Anticancer Therapies.  $30000

 

2014

CRGS Sarah Shigdar, Wei Duan. Getting the brain to take its medicine $27900
CRGS Dejan Bursac, Ming Kalanon, Sarah Shigdar, Tania de Koning-Ward. Discovery of novel markers on the surface of Plasmodium falciparum gametocytes $24000
SRC Cancer Theme: Sarah Shigdar $20000
SRC SLS Lab funding $5000
SRC Neuro/Visual Theme: Sarah Shigdar $10000

 

2015

CRGS Sarah Shigdar, Wei Duan Targeting brain metastases – assessing the effects of aptamer-directed chemotherapy on neuronal cells $21790


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