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Akbar Zeb

I’m a postdoc fellow in Prof. Yaowen Wu’s group at the department of Chemistry. My research mainly focuses on uncovering novel mechanisms in autophagy.



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Affiliated as postdoctoral position at Department of Chemistry
KBC-huset (KB), Linnaeus väg 10 Umeå universitet, 901 87 Umeå

I did my master studies in bioengineering from Tampere University of Technology (TUT), Finland. Even though my major was biotechnology, I was more interested in Molecular biology, and for that reason, I completed my master thesis in defining molecular pathways in mitochondria.

Soon after finishing my master, I went to Tartu university to peruse my PhD and completed it in neurosciences. In my PhD research, I focused on developing novel mechanisms regulating mitophagy, selective form of autophagy responsible for the elimination of damaged mitochondria from the cell. Knowledge of the mechanisms obtained from my PhD research might have important medical implications, especially in neurodegenerative diseases (like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases) where the accumulation of damaged mitochondria plays a central role.   

My passion about autophagy didn’t stop here and therefore I decided to continue my research career as a Postdoc fellow in the same field. Currently, I’m enrolled in Wallenberg Postdoc Fellowship and conducting my research in Prof. Yaowen Wu lab. My research activities focus on cellular processes with special focus on autophagy. We intend to uncover novel mechanisms in autophagy and look forward publishing in scientific journals.

Beside doing research, I like science communication and write blog articles in my free time.

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