Saber Abd Elkader joins the Balistreri lab as a visiting scientist

On September, 1 our group was joined by Saber Abd Elkader, doctoral researcher from University of Queensland, Australia. Back in Australia, his work focuses on the role of phospholipid-modifying enzymes in cellular membrane trafficking in neurons under healthy conditions and in the diseased state. 

Saber will stay in our group for 6 months as a visiting scientists trying to understand the role of lipid-modifying enzymes in SARS-CoV-2 virus replication, assembly, and release. He will use a combination of approaches from biochemistry and cell biology, as well as gene editing and advanced imaging techniques to reveal how cellular membrane trafficking and virus assembly are regulated by specific classes of phospholipases.