Neelam Shah



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Dr. Neelam Shah is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Monash University Biomedicine Discovery Institute. Dr. Neelam’s research is focused on RNA biology and innate immunity and utilizes a broad range of research techniques including protein biochemistry, molecular biology and structural biology to understand the RNA-proteins interactions and the regulation of viral RNA translation.

Dr. Shah completed a BSc (Hons) at Hazara University, Pakistan and was awarded the university gold medal for the highest distinction achieved. After her Master’s degree in biochemistry from Quaid-i-Azam University, Pakistan, she was awarded with Monash Graduate Scholarship and Faculty Postgraduate Research International Scholarship to commence a PhD at Monash University under the supervision of A/Prof. Jackie Wilce and Prof. Matthew Wilce. Dr. Neelam’s PhD research project involved biophysical analyses of the interactions of human antiviral protein RIG-I with short viral RNA mimics to understand antiviral innate immune signaling pathway. This work resulted in a high impact first author publication and three travel awards. Dr. Neelam has presented her work at several national and international conferences and meetings, where, her work has been well received.

In 2018, she started working as a postdoctoral researcher in A/Prof. Jackie Wilce’s lab. Her current research focuses on investigating the mechanism of viral RNA replication and translation initiation within the host cell using different biophysical and structural tools.


Education/Academic qualification

Biochemistry, PhD, Monash University

Award Date: 1 Aug 2018

Research area keywords

  • Innate Immunity
  • RNA Biology
  • RNA-Protein Interactions
  • Structural Biology
  • Biophysical Approaches
  • Antiviral Signalling


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