Maryam Abdollahi, PhD


With almost a decade of acquired scientific expertise, Maryam Abdollahi has built a distinguished career. As a determined and highly skilled scientific researcher possessing expertise spanning histology, biotechnology and medical research, she has met the challenges of complex research problems. Her success to date has largely been determined by her innate intelligence, deductive problem solving abilities in conjunction with proven aptitude to conduct qualitative and quantitative analysis of retrieved data. Her command of modern methods such as SPSS and GraphPad Prism have proven invaluable aids to achieving desired results. Able to use multidisciplinary approaches, she approaches solutions from an array of possible venues of inquiry, thus yielding consistent quality in findings. Her laboratory acumen is only strengthen by effective communicative and interpersonal abilities, a dedicated work ethic with the flexibility to deal with all contingencies, and, if needed, to be the first to take targeted steps in case of technical and other difficulties.

Complementing an intellect that thrives on inquiry, she is a highly skilled professional in her field. In addition to flow cytometry, cell culture, quantitative real time PCR, Western blot and zymography and electron microscopy, she is skilled in animal surgery and genotyping. Her specific expertise in histology embraces a lengthy background in tissue processing, microtome, sectioning, immunohistochemistry staining and immunofluorescence dual staining.

Maryam is widely published in her field. Her co-authored text, Momordica Charantia Whole Fruit Aqueous Extract: Effects on Histopathological Changes in Non-insulin Dependent Diabetes Mellitus (NIDDM) in a Rat Model in many ways represents a culmination of her work. Currently, several journal articles on the connection between neutrophil activation and diabetes wound healing represent a particular area of interest. Previously published articles have addressed the effects of Momordica Charantia on various diabetic consequences. She has presented her research findings in such international scholarly forums as the International conferences.
In addition, she has received considerable academic recognition including an Australian Postgraduate Award scholarship from The University of Sydney, 2011 as well as an International Postgraduate Research Scholarship to continue dissertation research. In both 2012 and 2013 she was awarded a Postgraduate Research Support Scheme from the University. Now having completed doctoral studies, and started her post-doctoral fellow at the City of Hope.

Upon receipt of a BS in Biology-Botany, Maryam went on to earn a Master of Veterinary Science, Histology and then earned her doctorate from the University of Sydney. Of particular note is the fact that she is from a nation where advancement for women is challenging, and has become a role model for young women both in her country and beyond.