Country of Origin: India
Mubarak Hussain Syed finished his Masters in Biochemistry from the University of Kashmir, in Jammu and Kashmir, India. He worked at the National Centre for Biological Sciences, Bangalore, where he began to pursue his interest in understanding the role of glial cells in Drosophila olfactory lobe development and function. For his PhD., he recieved the Max Plank International Fellowship award. This allowed him to study gliogenesis in the laboratory of Christian Klaembt in Muenster, Germany. His work focused on identifying new septate junction molecules in Sub-perineurial glial cells and studying their role in Blood Brain Barrier formation in Drosophila. Through the OIST Developmental Neurobiology course, he met his current mentor, HHMI investigator Chris Doe at UO in Eugene. They are interested in understanding how larval Type II neuroblasts generate an amazing diversity of neurons and glial cells in the adult fly brain. How these cells integrate into functional circuits in the central complex that modulates complex behaviors. Other than Flies he likes to do Science Outreach, hiking, running, playing cricket, and traveling to new places.