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Rima BeesooCountry of origin: Mauritius Currently in: Mauritius, Bel-Air Rivière Seche General field of specialization: Structural, Cell and Molecular Biology
Degrees2018 Doctorate Structural, Cell and Molecular Biology2011 Undergraduate Structural, Cell and Molecular Biology
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.
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 professionCurrent professional activities type:Higher Education StudyPhD student
Workshop and Conference Attended2017 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 Academy2016 Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom Nano-symposium on natural products and cancer therapy, Institute of Genetics and Molecular Medicine2016 Institute of Genetics and Molecular Medicine, University of Edinburgh, Scotland, UK Innovation in Oncology Conference2015 Eastern Cape, South Africa 9th Western Indian Ocean Marine Science Association (WIOMSA) Scientific Symposium, “Knowledge improving lives in ocean and coastal systems2015 Republic of Mauritius 9th International Conference of SFRR, “Translational Sciences and Drug Discovery: Impact on Heath Wellness, Environment and Economics2014 University of Mauritius Republic of Mauritius Workshop on Biodiversity Mapping, Conservation and Marine Environmental Studies in Mauritius2013 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 Action2013 Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam Medical College, Belle-Rive, Mauritius International Conference on “Cancer-Present and Future Perspective”, International Association of Medical and Biomedical Researchers
AffiliationsWestern Indian Ocean Marine Science AssociationInternational Association of Medical and Biomedical ResearchersSociety for Free Radical Research AfricaEco-Raise Society
Presentation given2017Neopetrosia exigua sponge: Medicinal treasure from the big blueRepublic of MauritiusEvent: 3rd UNESCO-MeRck Africa Research Summit-MARS 20172017In vitro antioxidant and cytotoxic activity of the tropical sponge Neopetrosia exiguaDar es Salaam, TanzaniaEvent: 10th Western Indian Ocean Marine Science Association Scientific Symposium (WIOMSA)2015Panning for chemical gold from Mauritian waters: Didemnum molle as a new source of antimicrobial and antioxidative agents.Eastern Cape, South AfricaEvent: 9th Western Indian Ocean Marine Science Association Scientific Symposium (WIOMSA)2015Bio-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 spongesRepublic of MauritiusEvent: 9th International Conference of SFRR-Africa2014An evaluation of the prophylactic antioxidants and phenolics of the soft coral Cladiella spBarcelona, SpainEvent: 2nd International Ocean Research Conference2013An evaluation of antioxidant profiles of four reef coral and four sponge speciesMaputo, MozambiqueEvent: 8th Western Indian Ocean Marine Science Association Scientific Symposium (WIOMSA)
TWAS AwardsOct 2017OtherAfrican German Network of Excellence Network of Excellence in Science Mobility Grant for Junior Researchers
Other AwardsNov 2017First runner up for Mars Best Mauritian Women Researcher AwardAward was related to exceptional work carried out in the field of cancer research and vaccine development.