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Rima Beesoo

Country of origin: Mauritius Currently in: Mauritius, Bel-Air Rivière Seche General field of specialization: Structural, Cell and Molecular Biology
Academic Background

Degrees

2018 Doctorate Structural, Cell and Molecular Biology
2011 Undergraduate Structural, Cell and Molecular Biology
Research and Profession

Current Research Activities

Structural, Cell and Molecular Biology

An investigation of the biochemical characterisation, anticarcinogenic and antimicrobial potentials of natural products isolated from selected Mauritian marine invertebrates.

Research Keywords: 
Anticancer agents
antimicrobial resistance
bioactive compounds

Publications resulting from Research: 


Beesoo, R., Bhagooli, R., Li, W., Kagansky, A., Neergheen-Bhujun, V.S. and Bahorun T. (2017). Antibacterial and antibiotic potentiating activity of tropical marine sponge extracts. Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology Part C, 196, 81-90.

Partolina, M., Thoms, H.C., MacLeod, K., Rodriguez-Blanco, g., Clarke, M., Venkatasubramani, A.V., Beesoo, R., Larionov, V., Neergheen-Bhujun, V.S., Serrels, B., Kimura, H., Carragher, N., Kagansky, A. (2016). Global Histone Modification Fingerprinting in Human Cells using Epigenetic Reverse Phase Protein Array. Cell death discovery, 3, 16077.

Beesoo, R., Neergheen-Bhujun, V.S., Bhagooli, R. and Bahorun T. (2014). Apoptosis inducing lead compounds isolated from marine organisms of potential relevance in cancer treatment. Mutation Research: Fundamental and Molecular Mechanisms of Mutagenesis, 768, 84-97.

Goviden-Soulange, J., Marie, D., Kauroo, S., Beesoo, R. and Ramanjooloo, A. (2013). Antibacterial properties of marine sponges from Mauritius waters. Tropical Journal of Pharmaceutical Research, 13, 249-254.

Beesoo, R., Neergheen-Bhujun, V.S., Bhagooli, R. and Bahorun T. Natural Products from Marine Sponges: Current Status and Future Potential for Novel Drugs. Advances in Marine Biology. Nova. pp. 1-72

Neergheen-Bhujun, V.S., Beesoo R. and Bahorun T. (2014). Bioactivity of Polyphenolic Rich Functional Foods. In: Dean T. Cobb. Ed. Polyphenols Food Sources, Bioactive Properties and Antioxidant Effects. Nova. pp. 231-216.




Current profession

Current professional activities type: 
Higher Education Study
PhD student

Workshop and Conference Attended

2017 Port Louis Mauritius 3rd UNESCO-MeRck Africa Research Summit-MARS 2017 “Cancer research and vaccine development"
2017 Dar es Salaam, Tanzania 10th Western Indian Ocean Marine Science Association Scientific Symposium (WIOMSA), “The role of marine and coastal systems in achieving the sustainable development goals for human prosperity”
2016 Republic of Mauritius 2nd Young Africa Academies Regional Conference, “Empowering the Next Generation of Scientists in Africa”, Global Young Academy
2016 Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom Nano-symposium on natural products and cancer therapy, Institute of Genetics and Molecular Medicine
2016 Institute of Genetics and Molecular Medicine, University of Edinburgh, Scotland, UK Innovation in Oncology Conference
2015 Eastern Cape, South Africa 9th Western Indian Ocean Marine Science Association (WIOMSA) Scientific Symposium, “Knowledge improving lives in ocean and coastal systems
2015 Republic of Mauritius 9th International Conference of SFRR, “Translational Sciences and Drug Discovery: Impact on Heath Wellness, Environment and Economics
2014 University of Mauritius Republic of Mauritius Workshop on Biodiversity Mapping, Conservation and Marine Environmental Studies in Mauritius
2013 Maputo, Mozambique “Getting Published Workshop” in conjunction with the Australian Research Council (ARC) Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies and the Western Indian Ocean Marine Science Association (WIOMSA)
2013 University of Eduardo Mondlane, Maputo, Mozambique 8th Western Indian Ocean Marine Science Association (WIOMSA) Scientific Symposium, “Science and Society: Building Partnerships for Action
2013 Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam Medical College, Belle-Rive, Mauritius International Conference on “Cancer-Present and Future Perspective”, International Association of Medical and Biomedical Researchers

Affiliations

Western Indian Ocean Marine Science Association
International Association of Medical and Biomedical Researchers
Society for Free Radical Research Africa
Eco-Raise Society

Presentation given

2017
Neopetrosia exigua sponge: Medicinal treasure from the big blue
Republic of Mauritius
Event: 3rd UNESCO-MeRck Africa Research Summit-MARS 2017
2017
In vitro antioxidant and cytotoxic activity of the tropical sponge Neopetrosia exigua
Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
Event: 10th Western Indian Ocean Marine Science Association Scientific Symposium (WIOMSA)
2015
Panning for chemical gold from Mauritian waters: Didemnum molle as a new source of antimicrobial and antioxidative agents.
Eastern Cape, South Africa
Event: 9th Western Indian Ocean Marine Science Association Scientific Symposium (WIOMSA)
2015
Bio-mining the medicinal treasures of the Mauritian sea: An unexplored reservoir of anti-bacterial, anti-oxidative and anti-proliferative agents from four shallow water Mauritian sponges
Republic of Mauritius
Event: 9th International Conference of SFRR-Africa
2014
An evaluation of the prophylactic antioxidants and phenolics of the soft coral Cladiella sp
Barcelona, Spain
Event: 2nd International Ocean Research Conference
2013
An evaluation of antioxidant profiles of four reef coral and four sponge species
Maputo, Mozambique
Event: 8th Western Indian Ocean Marine Science Association Scientific Symposium (WIOMSA)
Prizes, Grants and Awards

TWAS Awards

Oct 2017
Other
African German Network of Excellence Network of Excellence in Science Mobility Grant for Junior Researchers

Other Awards

Nov 2017
First runner up for Mars Best Mauritian Women Researcher Award
Award was related to exceptional work carried out in the field of cancer research and vaccine development.