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Dr. Saira Justin
Assistant Professor
Healthcare Biotechnology

National University of Sciences and Technology (NUST)
 H-12, Islamabad.
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Urologic Oncology, Microbiology.

PhD in Natural Sciences (Johann Wolfgang Goethe University, Frankfurt am Main, Germany)

Dr. Saria Justin, currently working as Assistant Professor at ASAB, holds a doctorate degree in Natural Sciences with specialisation in Biological Sciences. Her research was in urologic oncology, focusing on integrative medicine in the therapy of bladder cancer which shows her primary research interest in cancer biology and green chemoprevention. Dr. Justin carried out her doctoral research at the Department of Clinical Urology, Goethe University Hospital, Frankfurt am Main, Germany.

Dr. Saria Justin did her Master of Science in Healthcare Biotechnology from ASAB, NUST. Her research work was on pharmacological effect of turmeric on cognitive impairment in mice models.  She was awarded President’s gold medal for securing 1st position in the Master’s program with a cGPA of 4.0. She was also awarded with NUST Faculty Development Programme Abroad Award 2014-2015. Dr. Justin did her Bachelor of Science (Hons.) in Microbiology from Centre of Biotechnology and Microbiology, University of Peshawar and was awarded gold medal for securing top position with a cGPA of 4.0. Her thesis was also evaluated as the best written thesis.​​
​Dr. Saria Justin’s research interests are cancer biology, targeted therapy and integrative medicine. In cancer, abnormal activation/inhibition of certain cellular pathways causes survival and proliferation of tumour cells. Chronic treatment with conventional therapy along with mechanism-based toxicity faces the problem of resistance initiation, leading to therapeutic failure. That’s where integrative medicine steps in. Therefore, the goal is to evaluate if green chemoprevention in its function as a natural inhibitor/activator may influence growth, proliferation and metastasis of cancer cells in combination with conventional therapy. The aim here is to assist fight against cancer with an integral part of our lifestyle, human diet.
  • Khalid A, Shakeel R, Justin S, Iqbal G, Shah SAA, Zahid S, Ahmed T. Pharmacological effects of turmeric on learning, memory and expression of muscarinic receptor genes (M1, M3 and M5) in stress-induced mouse model. Current Drug Targets.  2017; 18(13):1545-1557. PMID: 28302036
  • Juengel E, Euler S, Maxeiner S, Rutz J, Justin S, Roos F, Khoder W, Nelson K, Bechstein WO, Blaheta RA. Sulforaphane as an adjunctive to everolimus counteracts everolimus resistance in renal cancer cell lines. Phytomedicine. 2017 Apr 15; 27:1-7. PMID: 28314474
  • Juengel E, Maxeiner S, Rutz J, Justin S, Roos F, Khoder W, Tsaur I, Nelson K, Bechstein WO, Haferkamp A, Blaheta RA. Sulforaphane inhibits proliferation and invasive activity of everolimus-resistant kidney cancer cells in vitro. Oncotarget. 2016 Dec 20; 7(51):85208-85219. PMID: 27863441
  • Rutz J, Juengel E, Euler S, Maxeiner S, Justin S, Roos F, Chun FK, Blaheta RA. Chronic sulforaphane application does not induce resistance in renal cell carcinoma cells. Anticancer Research. 2018 Nov; 38(11):6201-6207. PMID: 30396938
​Dr. Justin is involved in teaching undergraduate and postgraduate courses