Dr Sushma Anand
Dr Sushma Anand is as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Mitochondria and Neurodegeneration Research Unit .
Dr Sushma Anand
BSc, MSc Biotechnology, PhD
Dr Sushma Anand is an early career researcher who aspires to forge a successful international research career in the biology of mitochondrial diseases.
Her aim is to utilise a combination of cell biology, proteomics, biochemistry and immunology to conduct research that translates into new clinical treatments.
Her current research is focused the mitochondrial dysfunction that occurs neurodegeneration and optic neuropathies including glaucoma and Leber’s Hereditary Optic Neuropathy.
She aims to grow the cells that are lost in glaucoma in the lab, creating new ways to study the disease and the possibility of restoring a patient’s sight.
If successful, it would open the door to many new ways to study the condition and potentially lead to a treatment that could restore a patient’s sight.
Dr Anand’s first postdoctoral research (supervisor Professor Jamie Rossjohn, Monash University) was to decipher the structural functional interaction of HLA and T cell receptor (TCR) interaction in autoimmune disorder, psoriasis.
Dr Anand’s doctoral research (supervisor Professor Suresh Mathivanan, La Trobe University) was focused on cancer exosomes biology.
Her research projects have provided her with extensive experience with cellular and molecular assays and techniques such as CRISPR/Cas9, PCR, qPCR, cell death, viability, confocal microscopy etc.
Prior to embarking her academic research journey Dr Anand also worked in an ISO 9001, ISO 14001, ICH, 21CFR accredited quality-controlled facility of a reputed biopharmaceutical company in India.
She worked as Quality Control Analyst where she excelled in biosimilar drug testing using HPLC bioanalytical assays, method transfer and validation. She acquired a deep understanding of the drug commercialisation process.
Funding and support
Vision restoration in glaucoma using direct reprogramming of fibroblasts
Glaucoma ranks fourth among the leading causes of permanent blindness in the world according to the World Health Organization. It caused by the degeneration of a type of cells called retinal ganglion cells (RGCs), resulting in optic nerve damage. RGCs are the eye neurons that carry information of “what we see” to the brain. In this project we will standardise a method to regenerate RGCs under laboratory conditions which will serve as a dish model to study glaucoma.
Omics study of mitochondrial dysfunction in nuclear-mtDNA mismatch mouse model
The current project aims to investigate how mismatch of nuclear and nuclear-mitochondrial genetic interactions can drive susceptibility to neurodegeneration.
Anand S, Trounce IA, Gangoda L. Role of extracellular vesicles in mitochondrial eye diseases. IUBMB Life. 2022 Oct 29. doi: 10.1002/iub.2687. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 36308309.
Anand S, Samuel M, Mathivanan S. Exomeres: A New Member of Extracellular Vesicles Family. Subcellular Biochemistry. (2021), PMID: 33779915.
Gangoda L, Kha P, Anand S, et.al., Deubiquitinase enzyme STAMBP plays a broad role in both Toll-like and Nod-like receptor mediated inflammation. European Journal of Inflammation. (2020), https://doi.org/10.1177/2058739220960844.
Anand S., Samuel M, Kumar S, Mathivanan S, Ticket to a bubble ride: cargo sorting into exosomes and extracellular vesicles. BBA – Proteins and Proteomics. (2019), PMID: 30822540.
Anand S, Foot N, Ang CS, Gembus KM, Keerthikumar S, Adda CG, Mathivanan S, Kumar S. Arrestin -domain containing protein 1 (Arrdc1) regulates the protein cargo and release of extracellular vesicles. Proteomics. (2018), PMID: 30035390.
Samuel, M., Chisanga, D., Liem, M., Keerthikumar, S Anand, S., Ang, C.S., Adda, C.G., Versteegen, E., Jois, M. and Mathivanan, S. Bovine milk-derived exosomes from colostrum are enriched with proteins implicated in immune response and growth. Scientific Reports. (2017), PMID: 28725021.
Mackenzie K, Foot NJ, Anand S, Dalton HE, Chaudhary N, Collins BM, Mathivanan S, Kumar S. Regulation of the divalent metal ion transporter via membrane budding. Cell Discovery, (2016), PMID: 27462458.
Anand S, Singh V, Singh AK, Mittal M, Datt M, Subramani B, Kumaran S. Equilibrium binding and Kinetic Characterization of Putative TetR Family Transcription Regulator, Fad35R from Mycobacterium tuberculosis. The FEBS Journal. (2012), PMID: 22805491.
Funding and support
- The CASS Foundation
- The University of Melbourne
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