Ms Sonja Khan

B.Sc.,M.Sc

Contact Details

Postdoctoral Researcher
Surgery

T: +35391495635
E: sonja.khan@nuigalway.ie
W: @sonjakhan1983
 
researcher

Biography

Sonja Khan is a postdoctoral researcher in Translational Science in the Discipline of Surgery at NUI Galway. Sonja obtained her undergraduate degree in Biopharmaceutical Science in GMIT in 2008 and went on to complete a Masters in Regenerative Medicine in NUI Galway in 2009, and was then awarded a PhD in Medicine from NUI Galway in 2014. Currently, Sonja is working as a postdoctoral researcher in the Discipline of Surgery, with the main aim of investigating the impact of primary breast stromal cells response to Aspirin in Breast Cancer. Other areas of interest are microRNAs which are known to play a role in a wide range of physiological as well as pathological processes including cancer. Sonja also enjoys all aspects of teaching, and supports undergraduate medical students as well as Masters Students who partake in summer research projects in the laboratory. She has also delivered online blended learning lectures as part of a module in Surgical Lab skills. She was also involved in part-time lecturing of a Biochemistry module, delivered to 1st year students. This included preparing and delivering lectures, MCQ and a poster activity session, followed by preparing exam questions on the module delivered.



Peer Reviewed Journals

  Year Publication
(2015) 'MicroRNA-10a is reduced in breast cancer and regulated in part through Retinoic Acid'
Sonja Khan, Deirdre Wall, Catherine Curran, John Newell, Michael J Kerin, Roisin M Dwyer (2015) 'MicroRNA-10a is reduced in breast cancer and regulated in part through Retinoic Acid'. BMC Cancer, 15 (2) [DOI] [Details]
(2013) 'miR-379 Regulates Cyclin B1 and is decreased in Breast Cancer'
• Khan, S., Brougham, C. L., Ryan, J., Sahrudin, A., O’Neill, G., Wall, D., Curran, C., Newell, J., Kerin, M.J., Dwyer, R. M. (2013) 'miR-379 Regulates Cyclin B1 and is decreased in Breast Cancer'. Plos One, 8 (7):1-7 [DOI] [Details]

Abstract

  Year Publication
(2014) Investigation of Mesenchymal Stem Cell(MSC) presence and mode of action within the primary breast tumour microenvironment.
S. Khan, C.L. Brougham, L. Howard, P. Lalor, P. Dockery, M. Murphy, T. O’Brien, M.J. Kerin, R.M. Dwyer (2014) Investigation of Mesenchymal Stem Cell(MSC) presence and mode of action within the primary breast tumour microenvironment. Abstract [Details]

Honours and Awards

  Year Title Awarding Body
2015 HRB Summer Student project Health Research Board (HRB)
2013 HRB/NCI Summer School in Cancer Prevention Health Research Board

Committees

  Committee Function From / To
Undergraduate Research Committee School of Medicine Committee member 03-NOV-14 / 01-APR-16

Employment

  Employer Position From / To
National University of Ireland, Galway Research Assistant 01-MAY-15 / 30-APR-14

Education

  Year Institution Qualification Subject
2008 Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology BSc (Hons) Applied Biopharmaceutical and Healthcare Sciences
2014 National University of Ireland Galway PhD Surgery
2009 National University of Ireland Galway Msc Regenerative Medicine

Languages

  Language
English
German

Community Engagement

  Title Type From / To
Outreach Breast Cancer Research charity /

Reviews

  Journal Role
Tumour biology : the journal of the International Society for Oncodevelopmental Biology and Medicine Reviewer
Technology In Cancer Research And Treatment Reviewer

Other Activities

  Description

Co-organised “Pint of Science” event in Galway 2015/16, was part of a national and international event. This was brought to Galway for the first time in 2015. My responsibilities were to organise the venue and promote the event through radio interviews and social media activities.

Modules Taught

  Term/Year Module Title Module Code Subject / Desc
2015/2016 Biochemistry BG110 Recombinant DNA Technology
2015/2016 Surgergical Lab skills I MD560 MicroRNA Lecture