ANNIKA Kweik is carrying out complex DNA research in a bid to save lives.
The Sunderland University graduate’s work will go on to help treat a range of genetic conditions, including heart disease and cystic fibrosis.
The 24-year-old impressed her lecturers so much, her gene therapy work has been entered into the Research Poster Awards run by the British Pharmaceutical Student Association (BSPA).
“I put a tremendous amount of effort into this project and have such passion for the research,” said Annika.
“I’m delighted the work has been recognised in this way.”
Dr Amal Elkordy, a senior lecturer in pharmaceutics at the university, worked alongside Annika.
He said: “The research on delivery of stable and effective genes in the body is hugely important, as successful DNA delivery can help in the treatment of genetic diseases and acquired diseases such as cancer and Parkinson’s.”
Annika, who had originally been studying food science and nutrition before a change of heart led her to pharmacy, has benefited greatly from the university’s new £8.5million science complex.
The facility opened in February and features state of the art equipment vital to her work.
She said: “This national recognition is one of the ways of getting into the pharmacy world, as I want to undertake a PhD in drug delivery systems.”