Saeed Anwar is a graduate student in the Department of Medical Genetics with the Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry, University of Alberta.
Born and raised in Bangladesh, Saeed Anwar holds a bachelor's degree (Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology) from Shahjalal University of Science and Technology. Since the pre-sophomore days, Saeed actively participated in different research activities and received exposure to a wide range of tools and techniques. Having been primarily interested in genetic diseases, he studied the genetic and physiological factors responsible for rare and common genetic disorders present in Bangladesh, e.g., α and ß thalassemia, progeria, etc. Saeed's work with Dr. Mohammad Jakir Hosen's research group at the Shahjalal University was a foundation study on consanguineous marriages' genetic burden in the Bangladeshi population. He also studies some infectious diseases' epidemiological backgrounds. His work on the 2017 outbreak of chikungunya in Dhaka was one of the very first to look at the disease's hematological manifestations in adults and children.
Upon finishing his undergraduate studies in Fall 2018, he spent a wonderful semester as a teaching assistant for Cytology and Cytogenetics at the same school. He then joined Pi Labs Bangladesh Ltd as a Junior Research Consultant (Biological/Biomedical Sciences). In Fall 2019, Saeed went to the University of Alberta, Canada, where he receives MatCH and AIGSS scholarships to pursue graduate studies in Medical Genetics. At the UAlberta, Saeed's research with Dr. Toshifumi Yokota aims to design, optimize, and translate novel genetic therapies for neuromuscular diseases, e.g., Duchenne muscular dystrophy, dysferlinopathy, facioscapulohumeral muscular dystrophy.
In addition to his academic work, Saeed is a writer by passion. He has authored several sci-fi books, worked with the editorial teams of Tesla and BigganSchool Magazines (popular science magazines published in Bangladesh).