Amina Arslanagic

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Amina Arslanagic, born in Trebinje, Bosnia and Hercegovina, is a PhD student at the Center for Single Particles and Engineering (SPSE) at the University of Southern Denmark. She graduated in 2014 with a degree in Biomedicin (Cand. Scient.) at the department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. During her master she did an internship at the University of Uppsala in Sweden where she did her project in the department of Neuroscience. Amina joined SPSE in 2013 where she did her final master thesis in the Single Particle and Engineering (SPSE) center at the department of Physics, Chemistry and Pharmacy at SDU with professor David Needham as her supervisor and collaborative supervisor professor Jan Mollenhauer from Lundbeckfonden Center of Excellence, NanoCAN. She began her PhD in Nov. 2014 in continuation with her collaboration with NanoCAN. Amina is very passionate and dedicated to research, especially in the biomedical field and so her PhD project is a continuation of her master project, which is focused on the study of cell and molecular characterization of aggressive breast cancer and cancer stem cells. The aim is to establish the feasibility for endogenous delivery of pure-drug anti-cancer nanoparticles in the treatment of metastatic disease. During her training at the university, Amina has been socially active and had different kinds of jobs being a student representative for the Science-Health board, student assistant at the Clinical Institute, student mentor and instructor at SDU and also worked as a student assistant at Odense University hospital.

 

Education

  • 2009-2012: University of Southern Denmark, Odense, Denmark. B.Sc. Biomedicine.

    • Bachelor’s Thesis awarded 12(A), entitled Effect of microglia-derived factors on dopaminergic differentiation of human neural stem cells’’. Supervisor: Associate Professor Morten Meyer, Department of Neurobiology Research, Institute of Molecular Medicine, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Southern Denmark, Odense.

    • 2010: First Year final project awarded 12(A), entitled ''Molecular genetic disease: What is abnormal?''. Supervisor: Professor Brage Storstein Andresen, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, SDU, Odense.

  • 2012-2014: University of Southern Denmark, Odense, Denmark. Cand. Scient Biomedicine.

    • Master’s Thesis awarded 12(A), entitled LDL Receptor-Based Drug Delivery to Breast Cancer Cells’’. Supervisor: Professor David Needham, SPSE, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Pharmacy, SDU, Odense in collaboration with Professor Jan Mollenhauer, Lundbeckfonden Center of Excellence NanoCAN, Department of Cancer and Inflammation, Institute for Molecular Medicine, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Southern Denmark.

    • ITEK-project awarded 10 (B) entitled Development of a quantitative assay for genotyping DMBT1 polymorphisms and functional studies of DMBT1 variants’’. Supervisor: Professor Jan Mollenhauer, Lundbeckfonden Center of Excellence NanoCAN, Department of Cancer and Inflammation, Institute for Molecular Medicine, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Southern Denmark.

    • Individual study activity project (10 ECTS) awarded 12(A), entitled ''Histological analysis of orphan MFS transporters''. Supervisor, associated Professor Robert Fredriksson, Department of Neuroscience, Uppsala University and second supervisor, associate professor Åsa Fex Svenningsen, Department of Neurobiology Research, Institute for Molecular Medicine, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Southern Denmark, Odense, Denmark.

 

Work Experience

2012 Mar. – 2014 Nov. Student assistant at Clinical Institute, University of Southern Denmark, Odense, Denmark
Tasks: Handling the webpage of the Clinical Institute and its research centre’s by using Sitecore.

Minute taker at different research meetings, seminars and symposiums. Contributing to the creation of the corporate profile brochure of the Clinical Institute. Helping with coordination of the annual conference "Åben Forsker Dag".

2012 Feb. – 2014 Nov. Student Mentor, University of Southern Denmark, Odense, Denmark

Tasks: Counseling students in study and learning techniques. Helping with their assignments and other homework. 
Giving guidance and support throughout the semester

2012 Mar. – 2013 Dec. Voluntary member of a Humanitarian Board in a Bosnian Society club, Odense, Denmark

2012 Sept. - 2013 Dec. Instructor at Southern University of Denmark, Odense, Denmark in; Medical Physiology, Anatomy and Fundamental biochemistry

2011 Nov. – 2012 Apr. Student Assistant, Sygehus Apotek Fyn, OUH, Odense, Denmark

Tasks: Quality control of medical products and packing. Through this job I also learned to work efficiently under stressful conditions and collaborating with other staff members at different departments at OUH

 

Conferences

Danish Chemical Society Annual Meeting June 2014: ‘’ Characterization of LDL Receptor (LDLR) Expression level in Human Mammary Epithelial cell line’’, Amina Arslanagic, Barbara Korzeniowska, Jan Mollenhauer, David Needham

CLINAM conference in Basel June 2016: ‘’Characterization of targeted and non-targeted uptake in breast cancer stem cells of triple negative origin’’, Amina Arslanagic, MSca,c, Pablo Hervella, phDa,c, Kasper Glud, MSca,, Jan Mollenhauer, phDc, David Needham, phDa,b,c

 

Publications

David Needham, Amina Arslanagic, Kasper Glud, Pablo Hervella, Leena Karimi, Poul Flemming Høilund-Carlsen, Koji Kinoshita, Jan Mollenhauer, Elisa Parra, Anders Utoft, and Prasad Walke, (2016)Bottom Up Design of Nanoparticles (to eventually treat cancer): “Put the drug in the Cancer’s food”, invited paper, submitted to Special issue of J. Drug Targeting in honor of Pieter Cullis, Life-time Achievement Award for 2016, accepted, in press.