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Meet Sadia Mahboob, Research Officer at ProCan

Sadia Mahboob of Children’s Medical Research Institute (CMRI) is confident that the cancer research facility, ProCan, is going to have a tremendous impact on the future of cancer diagnosis and treatment.

Employed as a Research Officer in the ProCan laboratory, Sadia is responsible for processing thousands of tumour samples through the latest PCT-SWATH technology, and then analysing the data.
While cancer research often has its limitations, Sadia believes ProCan is different.
“It exceeds all the restrictions; it pushes the boundaries. We will be analysing the largest number of cancer samples, which is one of the largest projects in the world, and the outcome will be available to clinicians all over the world. It’s extraordinary.”

Sadia grew up in Bangladesh and knew from a young age she was interested in medicine. Influenced by her father, who studied science, Sadia undertook a degree in Pharmacy at the University of Dhaka, before relocating to Sydney where she focused her energy on a Master of Philosophy at the University of Sydney. It wasn’t until she delved into a PhD on cancer proteomics at Macquarie University in 2011 that Sadia found her calling. Described by renowned cancer proteomics professor, Mark Baker, as someone who has the potential to achieve remarkable things, Sadia’s confidence soared. “I’ve always had an interest in science and maths but I wanted to make a difference, I want to do good work, and this is something that can make a difference to the future of humanity.”

Sadia has goals she wants to accomplish with ProCan, namely, playing a role in improving the life of patients.
“I want to push myself to my limits, so I know I’ve contributed to making a difference to cancer research. I’m very fortunate to work somewhere where there is a chance that I can, in fact, make a difference.”

Researchers like Sadia rely heavily on funding from our donors and supporters to keep up their important work. You can help make their goals a reality by donating to CMRI today.