Newcastle University Medicine Malaysia

Staff Profile

Dr Roshan Mascarenhas

Senior Lecturer

Background

Introduction

Working as a senior lecturer at NUMed Malaysia since 2014. Earlier I was a post-doctoral researcher at The Ohio State University, Columbus, USA. My current roles and responsibilities are teaching Human Genetics, Cell and Molecular biology, Immunology to BMS and MBBS students. My research interests include pharmacogenomics, RNA biology and medical education.

Qualifications

  • Ph.D, Department of Biotechnology, Manipal University, Manipal, India 
  • Post-doctoral fellowship,Center for RNA biology, The Ohio State University, Columbus, USA
  • Post-doctoral fellowship, Center for Pharmacogenomics, College of Medicine, The Ohio State University, Columbus, USA
  • Certificate in principles of clinical pharmacology, National Institute of Health, USA
  • MBA, Annamalai University DDE, India

Impact and Awards

2016     Teaching Excellence Awards Nominations: Innovative Teaching Methods (Medical Sciences) and Taught Supervisor category  

2015     Teaching Excellence Awards Nominations: Innovative Teaching Methods

2013     Selected for Pharmacogenomics Research Network (PGRN) ‘HOT TOPIC’, PGRN Scientific  
            steering committee meeting, Columbus, USA

2009     Young Scientist Award from Indian Society of Human Genetics (ISHG-2009), India

2009     Best poster award, Manipal University, Manipal, India

2008     Best poster award, Manipal University, Manipal, India

2007     Best paper presentation award at the ‘International Conference on Biomarkers in Health…’
            Coimbatore, India

2001    Gold Medal in Masters Degree, Mangalore University, India

Research

Research interests:

  • RNA biology – Specifically mRNA decay, role of coding and non-coding RNAs in translation
  • Pharmacogenomics – Role of regulatory polymorphisms in drug metabolism
  • Mitochondrial genetics – Mitochondrial DNA mutation in cervical cancer
  • Genetics of CNS disorders – Molecular markers in Lewy body dementia
  • Medical Education – Teaching methodologies and approaches to assessment

Teaching

Module lead (Biomedical Sciences)

  • Genetics
  • Control of Eukaryotic Gene Expression
  • Clinical Immunology and Viral Pathogens

Unit lead (MBBS)

  • Life Cycle 1 – Genetics

Teaching (Biomedical Sciences)

  • Cell Biology and Disease (Stage II)
  • Control of Eukaryotic Gene Expression (Stage II)
  • Clinical Immunology and Viral Pathogens (Stage II)
  • Genetics (Stage I)
  • Cell biology (Stage I)
  • Pharmacology (Stage I)
  • Microbiology and Immunology (Stage I)
  • Practical Skills in Biomedical and Biomolecular Sciences 1 & 2

Teaching (MBBS)

  • Life Cycle 1
  • Clinical Sciences and Investigative Medicine 1
  • Clinical Sciences and Investigative Medicine 2
  • Nutrition, Metabolism and Endocrinology 2

Publications