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Dr Musarrat Maisha Reza

Dr Musarrat Maisha Reza

Lecturer in Biomedical Sciences (Education & Scholarship) & Race Equality Resource Officer

 South Cloisters 

 

South Cloisters, University of Exeter, St Luke's Campus, Heavitree Road, Exeter, EX1 2LU, UK

Overview

Dr Reza is a lecturer in Biomedical Sciences (Education and Scholarship) and the Race Equality Resource Officer at the College of Medicine and Health at University of Exeter. She received her PhD from Nanyang Technological University, Singapore in 2017. Her research investigated the role of Irisin on skeletal muscle growth, repair and regeneration. In 2019, she began her lectureship journey in the UK with University of East Anglia (UEA) as a lecturer in Biomedicine, teaching undergraduate and postgraduate students. She taught a wide range of modules including Biomedicine, Physiology, Pharmacology, Human Diseases, Translational Medicine and Molecular Medicine.  In her leadership journey, she has garnered well-rounded expertise while leading BAME networks, advising strategies on boards and writing policies for new academic programmes aligned with equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI) in order to facilitate BAME student retention, progression and sense of belonging. 

Outside academia, she remains stalwart in her advocacy for youth rights and participation in decision making. She has been installed by the Secretary General (Commonwealth) as the Chairperson of the Commonwealth Students’ Association, working to unify and represent the needs and aspirations of national student councils and student organizations in the Commonwealth. She is also an Associate Fellow of the Royal Commonwealth Society. Appointed to the Founding Board of Trustees of the 100 Million Campaign, she advocates for a world where all young people are free, safe and educated. She has also been nominated as an ASEAN Youth Fellow, into a network of next generation leaders, who will influence and inspire youth to take the ASEAN community forward as a strong and unified entity. Most recently (2021), Dr Reza has been appointed as a Youth Representative on the UNESCO Global Education Monitoring Report Advisory Board.

Dr Reza has represented young people on various high-level international panels and to decision makers around globally. She has made recommendations to His Royal Highnesses The Prince of Wales and The Duke of Sussex, Education Ministers and Foreign Ministers of the Commonwealth for inclusive policies and initiatives, ensuring no young person is left behind in fulfilling their potential. She was also invited to speak at the United Nations Education panel on global citizenship education. While working in the academia, Dr Reza, retains her passion for global advocacy and representation on issues close to her heart.

Qualifications

  • 2019- present: Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy, AdvanceHE, UK (ongoing)
  • 2019- presentPostgraduate Certificate in Higher Education Practice (PGCert HEP), University of East Anglia, UK (ongoing)
  • 2017-2019: Research Fellow, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore and Karolinska Institutet, Sweden
  • 2013-2017: Doctor of Philosophy, School of Biological Sciences, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
  • 2009-2013: Bachelor of Science, School of Biological Sciences, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

Career

  • 2020- presentLecturer in Biomedical Sciences, Education and Scholarship, University of Exeter, Exeter, UK
  • 2019-2020: Lecturer in Biomedicine, Academic Teaching and Scholarship, University of East Anglia, Norwich, UK
  • 2017-2019: Skeletal Muscle Biologist, Research Fellow, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore and Karolinska Institutet, Sweden

Leadership (National)

  • 2021- present: Medical Schools Council EDI Alliance, University of Exeter EDI Lead, UK
  • 2020- presentAcademic Intersectionality Mentoring in Medical School, Founding Committee, UK

Leadership (College and University)

  • 2020- present: Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Working Group, College of Medicine and Health
  • 2020- present: BMBS Board of Studies, College of Medicine and Health
  • 2020- present: BMBS and Medical Sciences Staff-student Liaison Committee, College of Medicine and Health

 

Research

Research interests

Publications

1. Reza, Musarrat Maisha, B. Brett Finlay, and Sven Pettersson. "Gut microbes, ageing & organ function: a chameleon in modern biology?." EMBO molecular medicine 11, no. 9 (2019).

2. Lahiri, Shawon, Hyejin Kim, Isabel Garcia-Perez, Musarrat Maisha Reza, Katherine A. Martin, Parag Kundu, Laura M. Cox et al. "The gut microbiota influences skeletal muscle mass and function in mice." Science translational medicine 11, no. 502 (2019): eaan5662.

3. Reza, Musarrat Maisha, Nathiya Subramaniyam, Chu Ming Sim, Xiaojia Ge, Durgalakshmi Sathiakumar, Craig McFarlane, Mridula Sharma, and Ravi Kambadur. "Irisin is a pro-myogenic factor that induces skeletal muscle hypertrophy and rescues denervation-induced atrophy." Nature communications 8, no. 1 (2017): 1-17.

4. Reza, Musarrat Maisha, Chu Ming Sim, Nathiya Subramaniyam, Xiaojia Ge, Mridula Sharma, Ravi Kambadur, and Craig McFarlane. "Irisin treatment improves healing of dystrophic skeletal muscle." Oncotarget 8, no. 58 (2017): 98553.

5. Bose, B., Sudheer Shenoy, Musarrat Maisha Reza, C. D. McFarlane, Mridula Sharma, and R. Kambadur. "Plasticity of muscle derived stem cells to undergo pluripotent conversion without pluripotency factors or small moleculres.” Cytotherapy 16, no.4 (2014): S71

6. Bipasha Bose, Sudheer Shenoy, Musarrat Maisha Reza, Craig Desmond McFarlane, Mridula Sharma, Ravi Kambadur (2014). Plasticity of muscle derived stem cells to undergo pluripotent conversion without pluripotency factors or small 10 molecules. 20th Annual Meeting of International Society for Cellular Therapy, April 24-26, Paris, France (Abstract ID# Poster 246)

Research projects

Researcher-led Initiative (RLI) Award 2020/2021, Doctoral College, University of Exeter
Building a cross-college ECR community through Diversity, Inclusion, Cohesion and Equality (DICE) training. [Link to Webpage]
Funded by the University of Exeter Researcher Development and Research Culture team.

External Engagement and Impact

External positions

1. UNESCO Global Education Monitoring (GEM) Advisory Board (Link) I 2021– 2022 I
The GEM Report’s aims to serve as the main resource for decision makers who seek comparative research and knowledge to inform their actions on inclusive and equitable quality education at national, regional and global levels.

2. Founding Board of Trustees, 100 Million Campaign (Link) | 2020 – Present |
A campaign for every child to be free, safe and educated globally.

3Chairperson, Commonwealth Students’ Association (CSA) | 2018 – Present 
Empowering the students of the Commonwealth to influence change in education, contribute to their societies and amplify the student voice.

4. Board of Director, Global Peace Chain (GPC) | 2018 – Present 
Working with young people to build peace globally and implement the sustainable development goals.

5. Associate Fellow, Royal Commonwealth Society | 2018- Present 
Committing to the Commonwealth values and improving the lives of Commonwealth citizens.

6. Finalist, 2018 Queen’s Young Leaders Award | 2018 – Present |
This award recognizes and celebrates exceptional young people across the Commonwealth, who are taking the lead in their communities and using their skills to transform lives.

7. Global Youth Ambassador, A World at School, Theirworld | 2017 – 2021 |
A worldwide network of over 700 young advocates and campaigners supporting the movement to get every child into school.

8. Leader of Tomorrow Alumni, 46th St. Gallen Symposium | 2017- Present |
Advocating for gender equality, equal opportunities and resources for women.


Keynote addresses or prestigious public lectures given in international forums

1. Universities: Past, Present, And Future, Harvard University |2021| 
Student Impact On Higher Education Globally- Perspectives from Leaders of Regional Student Union Federations And The Global Student Forum. Seminar Sponsored by Mahindra Humanities Centre.
Link to Webpage | Speaker Bios |

2. Laureates and Leaders, Fair Share for Children Summit |2020| 
Speaking alongside Nobel Laureates and World Leaders on 'The Education Crisis: How to Ensure We Don't Lose A Generation Due to The Pandemic'.
Programme | Speakers | Profile Page | Meeting Report | Press Release

3. BBC News, Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM), London |2018|
Interviewed by BBC News, as Chair of the CSA to speak about the role of young people making positive change across the Commonwealth and the relevance of the Commonwealth to young people.
[Link to Video]

4. Opening Ceremony, Commonwealth Youth Forum, London |2018|
Hosting the Opening ceremony of the Commonwealth Youth Forum, introducing the Duke of Sussex, Prince Harry, Chair of the British Youth Council, Chair of the Commonwealth Youth Council, United Nations Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth. 
[Link to Video]       

5. Foreign Ministerial Presentation, Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting, London |2018|
Presenting recommendations from young people and students as the Chair of CSA to Foreign Ministers across the Commonwealth on issues such as TVET, gender equality and enabling students have a voice at the decision-making table.

6. Opening Ceremony, Conference of Commonwealth Education Ministers, Fiji |2018|
Welcome address as Chair of CSA in the opening ceremony of the IPF, together with Rt. Hon Patricia Scotland QC, Secretary-General of the Commonwealth and Honorable. Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum, Attorney-General & Minister for Education, Government of Fiji.

7. Youth Respondent, United Nations SDG High Level Event, New York |2017|
Invited to speak at the United Nations High Level Education Event at the UN Headquarters in New York to provide policy recommendations on global citizenship education.
[Link to Video]

 

Conferences and Invited Presentations

1. CMH Journey Towards Anti-racism, Ongoing Victories and Challenges |July 2021| [LINK]
Decolonize STEMEXE Seminar and Discussion Series, University of Exeter 

2. Unconscious Bias in Your Workplace |March 2021| [LINK]
The Inclusivity Project, The European Centre for Environment and Human Health

3. How a Predominantly White Faculty Can Empower BAME Students​ |February 2020| [LINK]
The Inclusivity Project, The European Centre for Environment and Human Health

4. Investigating our Unconscious Biases, Empowering BAME Students | November 2020| [LINK]
Faculty Development Educational Seminar Series, College of Medicine and Health

 

Podcasts

1. Driven Women Podcast |2019|
Episode 4: Redefining The ‘F’ Word for The Modern Woman
Hosted by Sophia Bryan, to explore the success stories of women leaders from all over the globe who have overcome the hurdles in fields typically dominated by men.  
[Listen to Podcast]

2. Better Angels Podcast |2018|
Hosted by Theirworld President, Sarah Brown, celebrating the activist spirit of youth working to make a positive impact.
[Listen to Podcast]

3. Digging Deep, Best People, Best Conversations (Link) |2018|
Episode 9: How to Advocate for Women’s Empowerment in Worldwide Youth Leadership
Hosted by Touhid Kamal, A Touhid Kamal Series.
[Listen to Podcast]

 

Teaching

Medical Sciences and SEMS, Undergraduate

  1. Lead Academic Tutor, Medical Sciences & Sports and Exercise Medical Sciences | Year 2 |
  2. MODULE LEAD: Experimental Design and Statistics, CSC2023 Year 2 |
  3. Disease, Diagnostics and Therapeutics, SSGL, CSC2012 Year 2 |
  4. Introduction to Pharmacology, CSC2005 | Year 2 |
  5. Fundamental Skills for Medical Scientists, CSC1004 | Year 1 |
  6. Academic Tutor Group, Medial Sciences & Sports and Exercise Medical Sciences | Year 1 |

Medicine, Undergraduate

  1. Problem Based Learning, BMBS | Year 1 |
  2. Special Study Units, BMBS | Year 1 |

Postgraduate Supervision

  1. Independent Research Project Supervision, Masters of Clinical Education, HPDM135
  2. Researching Clinical Education, PGCert of Clinical Education, HPDM061 

Modules

2020/21


Supervision / Group

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