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Mr. Atta Arshad, PhD Student

Atta obtained his BSc (Hons) in Physiology in 2015 from Manchester Metropolitan University. Originally with a keen interest in sports science and muscle physiology, Atta developed a research study investigating the effects of resistance training and performance enhancement in competitive strength athletes. After working in the NHS as a clinical researcher, Atta returned to Manchester Metropolitan University in 2017 completing his MSc in Biomedical Science. Involved in two research projects; Interpretations and limitations of clinical EMG in chronic motor disorders and neurodegenerative disease, and his dissertation under Professor Hans Degens and Dr. Llwyd Orton, studying the physiological, morphological and neurological development of A30P transgenic mice and their viability as a disease model of α-Synuclein dysfunction in familial forms of Parkinson’s disease.

In April 2019, Atta joined the nanomedicine lab under Dr. Cyrill Bussy, being offered a 4 year PhD studentship funded by the EPSRC & Loyd’s Register Foundation upon successful completion of the NOWNANO Doctoral Training Programme  (2018 cohort). He is investigating the effects, mechanisms and interactions of 2D materials within the central nervous system. Focused towards neurotoxicity and environmental safety involving exposure through the olfactory pathway, and an interest in the therapeutic potential of nanomaterials in neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.