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Mak Sarwar 2020 ImageResearch Fellow

PhD (Otago) MRSNZ

Office Room LG-13, Lower ground, School of Medicine Building, University of Christchurch, New Zealand
Tel +64 3 364 1790

Dr Sarwar is a postdoctoral research fellow in gynaecologic oncology, University of Otago, Christchurch. He specialised in molecular and cellular oncology research. He is an author of several peer-reviewed publications in notable international journals related to the tumour microenvironment and key intracellular signalling molecules in ovarian cancer.

As a lead investigator, Dr Sarwar is involved in a range of ovarian cancer translational projects with a special focus on inhibitory effects of non-receptor tyrosine kinases on ovarian cancer progression. The current research includes the investigation of the novel multi-targeted treatment for chemoresistant high-grade ovarian cancer and the mechanisms of disease development in low-grade ovarian cancer.


Aguilar, C. J., Sarwar, M., Prabakar, S., Zhang, W., Harris, P. W. R., Brimble, M. A., & Kavianinia, I. (2023). Harnessing the power of a photoinitiated thiol-ene "click" reaction for the efficient synthesis of S-lipidated collagen model peptide amphiphiles. Organic & Biomolecular Chemistry. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1039/d3ob01469j Journal - Research Article

Evans, G. E., Mahajan, V., Wakeman, S., Slatter, T., Ponnampalam, A. P., Anderson, T. P., Sarwar, M., & Evans, J. J. (2023). A pilot study using unique targeted testing of the urogenital microbiome has potential as a predictive test during IVF for implantation outcome. Archives of Gynecology & Obstetrics, 307, 1957-1967. doi: 10.1007/s00404-023-06987-w Journal - Research Article

Sarwar, M., Sykes, P. H., Chitcholtan, K., & Evans, J. J. (2022). Collagen I dysregulation is pivotal for ovarian cancer progression. Tissue & Cell, 74, 101704. doi: 10.1016/j.tice.2021.101704 Journal - Research Article

Sarwar, M., & Evans, J. J. (2021). Bioimprinting: Bringing together 2D and 3D in dissecting cancer biology [Expert opinion]. Biotechniques, 71(5), 543-546. doi: 10.2144/btn-2021-0058 Journal - Research Other

Sarwar, M., Sykes, P. H., Chitcholtan, K., & Evans, J. J. (2021). Deciphering biophysical modulation in ovarian cancer cells. Cell Biochemistry & Biophysics, 79, 375-386. doi: 10.1007/s12013-020-00964-9 Journal - Research Article

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