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Biography

Dr. Muhammad Shahid Javaid is a postdoctoral research fellow in the Department of Neuroscience, Central Clinical School, Monash University. He completed his PhD at Monash University in August 2022 and has presented his research work on national and international platforms.  

In the Stem Cell laboratory, his research focus is on the development of precision medicines by generating human stem cell-based in vitro epilepsy models. He has developed expertise in the biological reprogramming of patients’ blood cells into stem cells- cells with the potential to become any part of the human body. Then converting stem cells into brain cells or neurons and 3D brain organoids to create personalised ‘disease-in-a-dish’ models for each patient with medically intractable epilepsy.

This work allows the screening and testing of a wide range of existing or new potential anti-epileptic drugs. This work recapitulates human pathophysiology without posing any risk to the patient and can be scaled up to an industrial level to screen thousands of potential drug candidates.

Shahid’s expertise also includes bioinformatics-based computer-aided medicine designing to predict the interaction of potential drug candidates with the human receptor proteins.

His career objectives are to utilize his multidisciplinary research experience in the fields of Neuroscience, Stem Cells, and Bioinformatics to investigate the causative mechanisms underlying refractory epilepsy in Australian patients and to develop precision medicines.

 

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

External positions

Authorised Officer | Public Health Officer, Department of Health (DH) (Victoria)

Feb 2021Jun 2022

Research area keywords

  • Neuroscience
  • Stem cell research
  • Precision Medicine
  • Translational Medical Research
  • Organoids
  • Drug screening
  • Bioinformatics
  • In vitro model systems

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