Newcastle University in Singapore

Staff Profile

Dr Saloni Kaur Dang

Assistant Professor

Background

Qualifications

  • PhD in Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics
  • Bachelor of Science in Biology

Previous Positions

  • Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Cardiovascular and Metabolic Disorders

Awards and Grants

  1. Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy UK, 2016
  2. UNSW PhD Completion Scholarship 2011 
  3. American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (ASBMB) 2010 Graduate/Postdoctoral Travel Award 
  4. Australian Atherosclerosis Society (AAS) Annual Scientific Meeting 2009 Travel Grant 
  5. Australian Atherosclerosis Society (AAS) ‘Best Student Oral Presentation 2009’ Prize 
  6. School of Biotechnology and Biomolecular Sciences (BABS, UNSW) 2008 Student Award for Publishing in a Journal with the Highest Impact Factor (Gill* et al., 2008)

* Maiden name: Saloni Gill

Research

Overview

My research focuses on various aspects of Biochemistry involving lipid (fat) regulation. Primarily we have concentrated on investigating the role of certain regulatory enzymes in cholesterol biosynthesis. This may have important implications for human nutrition, health and disease, notably in cardiovascular disease, which has a strong association with high blood cholesterol levels.

Furthermore, we investigate the role of certain endogenous oxysterols (oxygenated derivatives of cholesterol) in the acute regulation of cholesterol levels. This may have significant effects on many biological processes, such as cholesterol homeostasis and atherosclerosis.







Teaching

Modules:

ACE 2112 Nutritional Biochemistry, Immunology, and Genetics

ACE 2136 Nutritional Principles

ACE 2140 Experimental Food Science

ACE 2149 Global Food Challenges, Controversies, and Citizenship

ACE 3163 Contemporary Issues in Food and Human Nutrition


Publications