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Amjad Nasir

 
 

 Amjad Nasir

 

Graduate Student
(765) 494-1287
 
I was born and raised in Saudi Arabia. I moved to the United States to obtain my Bachelor’s degree in biological sciences. Most of my undergraduate research work was in ecology, but I did take a few courses in biochemistry as part of my undergraduate curriculum at Lee University in Cleveland, Tennessee. I found the interplay of cellular processes and chemical substances occurring in living organisms at the molecular level to be quite interesting.

I started my doctoral studies at Purdue University in 2008. After rotating through four different labs each working with different model organisms, I joined the laboratory of Dr. James D. Forney. My project is to study the role of SUMOylation, a post-translational protein modification, in the ciliate Tetrahymena thermophila. Members of the SUMO family when covalently attached to substrate proteins modify the target protein’s functions. SUMOylation is involved in a host of cellular processes such as maintenance of genomic integrity, nuclear-cytosolic transport, programmed cell death etc. My objective is to elucidate the role of the SUMO protein and the SUMO-activating enzyme, UBA2 in the sexual life cycle of Tetrahymena.


Outside of work, I like playing and watching soccer, traveling, cooking and spending time with my friends and family.


Teaching Experience
Teaching Assistant (Spring 2010)
Department of Biochemistry, Purdue University
BCHM 561: General Biochemistry I and 562: General Biochemistry II

Publications (Undergrad)
Nasir, Amjad M.; Okenkpu, Florence A.; Hisey, John R.; Atairu, Popoh A.; Kennedy, Michael L.; Carver, Brian D. (2008) A novel use of lineages in the analysis of effective population sizes of a solitary carnivore. Journal of the Tennessee Academy of Science.


Nasir, Amjad M., Okenkpu, Florence A.; Hisey, John R.; Atairu, Popoh A.; Kennedy, Michael L.; Carver, Brian D. (2008) Raccoon movements, mating tactics, and effective population size. Southeastern Biology 55 (3):368.


Atairu, Popoh, Amjad Nasir, John Hisey, Jacqueline Famuyide, Uchechi Nwosu-Abanum, and Michael Kennedy (2007). Group-Structured Genetics in a Solitary Carnivore. Journal of the Tennessee Academy of Science 82(3-4):90.

Nwosu-Abanum, Uchechi, Amjad Nasir, Popoh Atairu, and John Hisey (2007) Group structured genetics in a solitary carnivore. Southeastern Biology 54(3):340.


Presentations (Undergrad)
Nasir, Amjad, M., Florence A. Okenkpu, John R. Hisey, Popoh A. Atairu, Michael L. Kennedy, and Brian D. Carver. Genetic substructuring and effective population size in raccoons. Southwestern Association of Naturalists (SWAN) 2008 Annual Meeting, Memphis, Tennessee, 10-12 April, 2008.


Amjad M., Florence A. Okenkpu, John R. Hisey, Popoh A. Atairu, Michael L. Kennedy, and Brian D. Carver. Raccoon movements, mating tactics, and effective population size. Joint Sixty Eighth Annual Meeting of the Association of Southeastern Biologists (ASB) and Fiftieth Annual Meeting of Tri-Beta National Biological Honor Society Southeastern Region, Furman University, Greenville, SC., April 16-19, 2008.
Nasir, Amjad M., Florence A. Okenkpu, John R. Hisey, Popoh A. Atairu, Michael L. Kennedy, and Brian D. Carver. A novel use of lineages in the analysis of effective population sizes of a solitary carnivore. TAS Eastern Collegiate Division annual meeting. April 12, 2008 Lincoln Memorial University, Harrogate, TN.


Uchechi Nwosu-Abanum, Amjad Nasir, Popoh Atairu, and John Hisey. Group structured genetics in a solitary carnivore. Joint Fiftieth Annual Meeting of Tri-Beta National Biological Honor Society Southeastern Region and Sixty Eighth Annual Meeting of the Association of Southeastern Biologists, hosted by University of South Carolina at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center, April 20, 2007, Columbia, SC.