Alina Akhbanbetova

Alina Akhbanbetova

Research student, Yr Ysgol Optometreg a Gwyddorau'r Golwg

Educational and Professional Qualifications

  • 2014 -   Present 1st year PhD researcher in the Structural Biophysics research group
    Cardiff University, School of Optometry and Vision Sciences
  • 2012 - 2013 MSc Biomedicine
    Lancaster University, Faculty of Health and Medicine
  • 2005 -  2011 Paediatric Physician
    Kazakh National Medical University named after S.D. Asfendiyarov, Faculty of Paediatrics

Professional memberships

  • January 2014 British Society for Matrix Biology
  • January 2014 Cardiff Institute of Tissue Engineering and Repair (CITER)

Honours and Awards

Jan 2014           Scholarship: Ser Cymru Life Sciences Research Network Wales

Sep 2011          Scholarship: Scholarship of the Ministry of Education and Science of Republic of Kazakhstan

Sep 2005          Scholarship: Scholarship of the Ministry of Education and Science of Republic of Kazakhstan

Conference/seminar presentations

2016    3rd Annual Scientific Congress of the Life Sciences Research Network Wales, Cardiff, UK

2016    Advances in Eye Research Towards the Prevention of Visual Loss, Almaty, Kazakhstan

2016    Young Vision Researchers’ Colloquium, Cardiff, UK

2016    Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO) 2016, Seattle, WA, USA

2015    2nd Annual Scientific Congress of the Life Sciences Research Network Wales, Cardiff, UK

2015    CITER 3rd South West Regional Regenerative Medicine Meeting, Bristol, UK

2015    Speaking of Science, Cardiff, UK

2015    Regenerative Medicine for Lifelong Health and Wellbeing, Astana, Kazakhstan

2014    Biophysics Research Group Meeting, Cardiff, UK

2014    1st Annual Scientific Congress of the Life Sciences Research Network Wales, Cardiff, UK

2014    CITER Annual Scientific Meeting: Basic Science in Regenerative Medicine, Llanelli, UK

2014    Postgraduate Poster Day, Cardiff, UK

2014    Speaking of Science, Cardiff, UK

External Committees/Memberships

2016-2017: Member of the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO)

January 2014 – Present: Cardiff Institute of Tissue Engineering and Repair (CITER)

January 2014 – Present: British Society for Matrix Biology

Innovation and Engagement

STEM net ambassador events

As a STEM Ambassador, I volunteer to engage and inspire young people in science.

Research interests

Research Overview

The cornea is the clear window at the front of the eye, through which light enters.
Corneal transparency is essential for vision, and is facilitated in the healthy eye by endothelial cells on the inner surface of the cornea. In Fuchs dystrophy, however, diseased endothelial cells cause corneal cloudiness and lead to progressive blindness, which is often accompanied by painful blisters on the eye’s surface. Recently, ROCK inhibitors have been proposed as chemicals which can help Fuchs dystrophy endothelial cells recover. I study how ROCK inhibitors affect cells, to help develop a new medical treatment for corneal endothelial disease.

Research Collaborators

Noriko Koizumi, Biomedical Engineering and Information, Doshisha University, The effect of ROCK inhibitor

Funding

Professor Andrew Quantock (PI), Ser Cymru Life Sciences Research Network Scholarship, 2014

Teaching

2014 – Present: Laboratory demonstrator for first year practical classes in:
* OP1203 Optics
* OP1205 Cells to Systems
* OP1206 Anatomy and Physiology

Thesis

Selective Rho Inhibitors for the Treatment of Corneal Endothelial Disease

Funding source

Professor Andrew Quantock and Professor Derek Blake, Ser Cymru National Research Network Scholarship.

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