Abbas Raza

Second Year Graduate Student


I grew up in the old city of Lahore, the heart of Pakistan. My undergraduate degree is in Biochemistry from University of the Punjab, Pakistan. I then traveled to Islamabad and did my Master’s in Virology & Immunology from National University of Sciences and Technology, Pakistan. After graduating in year 2011, I worked for a year as research assistant with Prof. Sohail Qureshi at Department of Biology, Lahore University of Management Sciences, Pakistan studying gene regulation mechanisms in archaean Sulfolobus. Then I shifted gears and joined Department of Basic Sciences at Shaukat Khanum Cancer Hospital, Pakistan. Here I worked on a project aimed at exploring BRCA1 and 2 polymorphism risks among breast and ovarian cancer patients before being selected for a PhD position at CMB

Research Description

I am a second year graduate student working in the Program of Cell and Molecular Biology (CMB) at University of Vermont, VT. I rotated with Prof. Sylvie Doublie in Department of Molecular Genetics as my first rotation working on protein crystallography of Nth1, a DNA repair enzyme. Then I did my second rotation with Prof. Cory Teuscher in the Department of Immunology on Histamine receptor signaling in an Experimental Autoimmune Encephalitis mouse model of Multiple Sclerosis (MS). My last rotation was with Prof. Mark T. Nelson in Department of Pharmacology where I explored TRPV4 ion channel signaling in mouse mesenteric arteries. I have now joined the Teuscher Lab and I plan to utilize my rotation experiences to explore further the histamine signaling networks in MS disease

2013 in Suwon, South Korea

2013 in Suwon, South Korea

Selected Publications

Abbas Raza*, Kashif Mehmood, Fakhira Begum, Mustafeez Mujtaba Babar, Suleman Riaz, Umer Javed, Zaira Rehman, Sahar Sadaf Zaidi, Aleem Siddiqui and Ishtiaq Qadri. Immunological profiling of Hepatitis B virus surface gene in Pakistan. 2012, Vol. 1, No. 2 (NIJBB).

Contact Info


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Lab: C319 Given

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