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Sushil Brahmbhatt

Sushil BrahmbhattQ. NAME

A. Sushil Brahmbhatt.

Q. JOB TITLE

A. MRes Intercalating Medical Student.

Q. PLACE OF WORK

A. Institute of Biomedical Sciences and Translational Medicine, University of Liverpool.

Q. WHAT DO YOU DO?

A. Transcription factors are proteins which play a key role in the way our DNA controls what goes on in our bodies. I’m investigating the effects of a transcription factor called NRF2 in Acute Myeloid Leukaemia (AML) cells, and exploring how it can be manipulated.

Q. HOW WILL THIS HELP TO BEAT CANCER?

A. NRF2 has been shown to have a ‘dual role’ in AML. It protects normal cells from becoming cancerous but, unfortunately, it also protects cancerous cells from chemotherapy treatment. A better understanding of NRF2 may lead to new cancer treatments, which are much-needed in the case of AML which currently has limited treatment options which vary in their effectiveness.  

Q. HOW DOES NORTH WEST CANCER RESEARCH SUPPORT YOUR WORK?

A. NWCR has been instrumental in allowing me to undertake a Master of Research degree and focus on my academic interests. They help fund my work, and provide a supportive, stimulating environment with weekly seminars on exciting developments within cancer research. With the skills and knowledge I have gained throughout this degree, I hope to become a better doctor and scientist.

Q. WHAT DRIVES OR INSPIRES YOU?

A. To contribute to the betterment of this world in some way, by helping those in need. Also, I wouldn’t be where I am without the love and support from my family so they’re definitely a motivator!

Q. WHAT DO YOU LIKE TO DO IN YOUR SPARE TIME?

A. I can’t resist a good book or a trip to the cinema.

Q. WHAT’S YOUR FAVOURITE SAYING?

A. You only live once – why waste it on sleep?

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