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Dr Makhdoom Sarwar (Mak)

Mak Sarwar 2020 ImagePostdoctoral Research Fellow

PhD (Otago) MRSNZ

Office Room LG-13, Lower ground, School of Medicine Building, University of Christchurch, New Zealand
Tel +64 3 364 1790
Email mak.sarwar@otago.ac.nz

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.

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Publications

Sarwar, M., & Evans, J. J. (2021). Bioimprinting: Bringing together 2D and 3D in dissecting cancer biology [Expert opinion]. Biotechniques. Advance online publication. doi: 10.2144/btn-2021-0058

Sarwar, M., Sykes, P. H., Chitcholtan, K., & Evans, J. J. (2021). Deciphering biophysical modulation in ovarian cancer cells. Cell Biochemistry & Biophysics. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1007/s12013-020-00964-9

Sarwar, M., Sykes, P., & Evans, J. J. (2020). A doctrine of ovarian cancer translational research needs revisiting. International Journal of Cancer Management, 13(8), e105436. doi: 10.5812/ijcm.105436

Sarwar, M., Sykes, P. H., Chitcholtan, K., & Evans, J. J. (2020). Extracellular biophysical environment: Guilty of being a modulator of drug sensitivity in ovarian cancer cells [Short communication]. Biochemical & Biophysical Research Communications, 527(1), 180-186. doi: 10.1016/j.bbrc.2020.04.107

Sarwar, M. M. (2020). The influence of aspects of the biophysical environment on ovarian cancer cell behaviour (PhD). University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand. Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/10523/9887

Sarwar, M., Sykes, P. H., Chitcholtan, K., & Evans, J. J. (2021). Deciphering biophysical modulation in ovarian cancer cells. Cell Biochemistry & Biophysics. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1007/s12013-020-00964-9

Journal - Research Article

Sarwar, M., Sykes, P. H., Chitcholtan, K., Alkaisi, M. M., & Evans, J. J. (2019). The extracellular topographical environment influences ovarian cancer cell behaviour. Biochemical & Biophysical Research Communications, 508, 1188-1194. doi: 10.1016/j.bbrc.2018.12.067

Journal - Research Article

Jones, A. M., Ferguson, P., Gardner, J., Rooker, S., Sutton, T., Ahn, A., Chatterjee, A., … Sarwar, M., Emanuel, P., Kenwright, D., … Eccles, M. R. (2016). NRAS and EPHB6 mutation rates differ in metastatic melanomas of patients in the North Island versus South Island of New Zealand. Oncotarget, 7(27), 41017-41030. doi: 10.18632/oncotarget.9351

Journal - Research Article

Sarwar, M., & Evans, J. J. (2021). Bioimprinting: Bringing together 2D and 3D in dissecting cancer biology [Expert opinion]. Biotechniques. Advance online publication. doi: 10.2144/btn-2021-0058

Journal - Research Other

Sarwar, M., Sykes, P. H., Chitcholtan, K., & Evans, J. J. (2020). Extracellular biophysical environment: Guilty of being a modulator of drug sensitivity in ovarian cancer cells [Short communication]. Biochemical & Biophysical Research Communications, 527(1), 180-186. doi: 10.1016/j.bbrc.2020.04.107

Journal - Research Other

Sarwar, M., Sykes, P., & Evans, J. J. (2020). A doctrine of ovarian cancer translational research needs revisiting. International Journal of Cancer Management, 13(8), e105436. doi: 10.5812/ijcm.105436

Journal - Research Other

Sarwar, M., Chitcholtan, K., Sykes, P. H., & Evans, J. J. (2018). Microenvironment biophysics: It is vital to tumour cell behaviour including resistance to chemotherapy. Proceedings of the New Zealand Society for Oncology (NZSO) Conference. Retrieved from http://www.nzsoncology.org.nz/

Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Abstract

Sarwar, M., Chitcholtan, K., Sykes, P. H., & Evans, J. J. (2018, August). Unseen to be seen: A hidden microenvironment regulates ovarian cancer cell behaviour. Poster session presented at the Medical Sciences Congress (MedSci), Queenstown, New Zealand.

Conference Contribution - Poster Presentation (not in published proceedings)

Eccles, M. R., Chatterjee, A., Rodger, E. J., Ahn, A., Leichter, A., Motwani, J., Stockwell, P., Parry, M., … Gardner, J., … Sarwar, M., … multiple other members of The Maurice Wilkins Centre. (2017, September). Can research involving NZ melanoma patient participation and extensive networking by researchers help reduce the melanoma burden in NZ? Verbal presentation at the Queenstown Molecular Biology (QMB) Meetings, Queenstown, New Zealand.

Conference Contribution - Verbal presentation and other Conference outputs

Sarwar, M., Chitcholtan, K., Alkaisi, M. M., Sykes, P. H., & Evans, J. J. (2017, September). The cell-environment handshake: An interaction that regulates gene expression. Verbal presentation at the Medical Sciences Congress (MedSci), Queenstown, New Zealand.

Conference Contribution - Verbal presentation and other Conference outputs

Sarwar, M. M. (2020). The influence of aspects of the biophysical environment on ovarian cancer cell behaviour (PhD). University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand. Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/10523/9887

Awarded Doctoral Degree

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