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Dr Wajeeha Aziz

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Dr Wajeeha Aziz (M.B.B.S, PhD, PGCert HE, FHEA)

Teaching Fellow in Medical Education
E: w.aziz@bsms.ac.uk
T: +44 (0)1273 644125
Location: Watson Building, Room 344b, University of Brighton Falmer Campus, BN1 9PH

Area of expertise: Medical and life Sciences, Physiology, Teaching in Higher Education, Research methods, Neuroscience, Synaptopathies, Electrophysiology, Electron microscopic methods,  

Research areas: Neurodegenerative Diseases, Aging, Neurodevelopmental disorders, Epilepsy, Intellectual disability, Human genetic mutations in Glutamate receptors 

Biography

Dr Wajeeha Aziz did a Bachelor in Medicine and Surgery (M.B.B.S) in Pakistan followed by a one-year internship in Internal Medicine and Surgery. She worked briefly as a medical officer in an International relief fund and moved to Japan to do a PhD in neuroscience. Dr Aziz then moved to UK and worked as a research fellow at Kings College London and the University of Sussex. Based on her medical, research and teaching experience, she was appointed as a teaching fellow at BSMS in 2019.

Research

Dr Aziz has vast experience of research in life sciences with enhanced skills in electron microscopy, high resolution imaging and electrophysiology. Dr Aziz's research has been published in several peer-reviewed journals.

Teaching

Dr Aziz has been a supervisor for both PhD and Masters students, as well as a tutor to undergraduate students on several courses. She is very passionate about teaching and enhancing student experience through active engagement. In 2018, she did a post-graduation certification in higher education and became very interested in reflective teaching practices and blended learning. 

Selected publications

Synaptic basis of hippocampal memory changes with age 2019, (under review) Wajeeha Aziz, Igor Kraev, Keiko Mizuno, Alastair Kirby, Ton Fang, Huzefa Rupawala, Kamillia Kasbi, Stephanie Rothe, Felix Jozsa, Kobi Rosenblum, Michael G. Stewart, and K. Peter Giese.

Age-dependent changes in autophosphorylation of alpha calcium/calmodulin dependent kinase II in hippocampus and amygdala after contextual fear conditioning 2017,Ton Fang, Kamillia Kasbi, Stephanie Rothe, Wajeeha Aziz*, Karl Peter Giese* (*Corresponding authors). Brain research bulletin 134; 18-23

Alzheimer-related decrease in CYFIP2 links amyloid production to tau hyperphosphorylation and memory loss. 2016, Sachin Tiwari, Keiko Mizuno, Anshua Gosh, Wajeeha Aziz, Troakes C, Daoud J, Golash V, Noble W, Hortobágyi T, Karl Peter Giese. Brain. 139: 2751-2765

Generation of multi-innervated dendritic spines as a novel mechanism of long-term memory formation. 2015, Wajeeha Aziz, Igor Kraev, Mike Stewart, Karl Peter Giese. Neurobiology of Learning and Memory. 124: 48-51

Distinct cerebellar engrams in short-term and long-term motor learning. 2014Wen Wang*, Kazuhiko, Nakadate*,Miwako, Masugi-Tokita*,Fumihiro Shutoh*,Wajeeha Aziz, Etsuko Tarusawa, Andrea Lorincz,Elek Molnár, Sebnem Kesaf,Yun-Qing Li, Yugo Fukazawa, Soichi Nagao and Ryuichi Shigemoto       (2014)(*,equal contribution) Proceedings of National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) USA, 111: E188-E193 

Distinct kinetics of synaptic structural plasticity, memory formation and memory decay in massed and spaced learning. 2013, Wajeeha Aziz, Wen Wang, Sebnem Kesaf, Alsayed Abdelhamid Mohamed,Yugo Fukazawa and Ryuichi Shigemoto. Proceedings of National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) USA, 111: E194–E202.