Author: Charlotte Anthony | Category: Meet The Researcher | Of Interest | Cancer Biology | May 12, 2015
Suleman Hussain, a third-year international student from
Mumbai, India, has always been interested in pharmaceutical science.
After completing his Bachelor's of Science in pharmacy at
Institute of Chemical Technology in India, Hussain was looking for
opportunities to further his career.
At first, Hussain was apprehensive at the idea of studying
“I had never lived away from family before,” Hussain
explained. “So even the basics like cooking, cleaning, and living alone was new
for me. The whole independence came in after moving here so that was a big
part---I’ve grown so much.”
Hussain said that he was drawn to the work of Dr. Addanki
Pratap Kumar in the Department of Pharmacology at UT Health Science Center.
“The work is really exciting and the research going on at
the Health Science Center is amazing,” Hussain said. “To be part of it is something
that I’m very excited about.”
He is currently working in Dr. Kumar’s lab to develop novel radio sensitizers and novel drug treatments
for prostate cancer.
receive a large dose of radiation therapy and it is curative in the beginning
but it is associated with many side effects…if we are able to reduce the dose
of the radiation therapy by using a radio sensitizer that will lead to lesser
side effects and give patients a better life.”
Recently, Hussain recently presented at the American
Association for Cancer Annual Meeting 2015 in Philadelphia where he won the
Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Scholar-in-Training Award and the Young Investigator Award
from the American Association
of Indian Scientists in Cancer Research.
The Scholar-in-Training Award gave him the opportunity to
network with executives from Pfizer,
Inc. and learn more about how to get into industrial research.
“It helped me gain the knowledge of what I need to help me
get there and also see some great work around the world. AACR is almost like an
international conference so I’m really excited to have seen posters and heard
talks from great scientists.”
As a scientist from India, Hussain explained that it was
great to attend the American Association of Indian Scientists in Cancer
“It’s more challenging for us, we’ve left our home country
to gain this knowledge by coming here so it’s tough,” Hussain said. “The
conference helps Indian scientists get together and form associations in their
work. In general, I see myself as a scientist and not just an Indian scientist but
it’s still nice to have a community away from home.”
This article is part of the "Meet The Researcher" series which showcases researchers at the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences at University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio.
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