Anyone who has a passion for science will tell you how thrilling it is to learn about scientific breakthroughs that could save people’s lives.
We had the pleasure of welcoming one of the brilliant minds involved in such research in our “Heart to Heart with Science” series: award-winning scientist Dr Nethia Mohana Kumaran.
Her research focuses on identifying and targeting proteins that contribute to nasopharyngeal cancer (NPC) cell survival using CRISPR/ Cas9 technology and BH3 mimetic drugs.
Throughout her distinguished career, Dr Nethia received the L’Oreal – UNESCO for Women in Science National Fellowship research grant, the National Cancer Council Malaysia (MAKNA) Cancer Research award and the Endeavour Research Fellowship.
The Universiti Sains Malaysia senior lecturer has been featured in Nature and the Asian Scientist magazine, and has also been published in high-impact journals such as Clinical Cancer Research, Carcinogenesis and PCMR.
Sharing her expertise in years of experience in microbiological, oncological and medical backgrounds, Dr Nethia discussed her work on three-dimensional (3D) spheroids, a physiological model that can be employed to study the growth, invasion and drug sensitivity of cancer cells.
She also delved into the topics of nasopharyngeal carcinoma, cervical cancer and BH3 mimetics.
It was a very beneficial session as participants had the opportunity to clarify doubts they had regarding cancer.
Thank you Dr Nethia for the enlightening talk!