Dr Niaz Shahed Ahmed

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Faculty:Faculty of Science and Engineering

School:Life Sciences

Location: Cambridge

Areas of Expertise: Life sciences

Postdoctoral Research Fellow with a demonstrated history of working in the higher education industry. Skilled in Phlebotomy, Flow Cytometry, Data Analysis, Tissue Culture, and Molecular & Cellular Biology.

Strong research professional with a PhD focused in Molecular Biology from Anglia Ruskin University.


Having gained his PhD in Dr Nicholas Pugh’s lab at Anglia Ruskin University in 2019, Niaz went on to start his postdoctoral research position in the same lab.

Niaz’s PhD work significantly contributed to the project grant that was successfully awarded to Dr Nicholas Pugh by the British Heart Foundation. Niaz is currently working on this project. Niaz’s current research project is based on platelet activation and signalling.

Research interests

  • The role of zinc as a physiologically relevant platelet agonist.
  • The role of zinc as a secondary messenger in platelets and other cells.
  • Calcium and Zinc signalling in platelets and other cells.


  • PhD Molecular Biology, Anglia Ruskin University
  • BSc (Hons) Biochemistry, University of Essex

Memberships, editorial boards

  • Member of the Platelet Society
  • Member of the British Society of Thrombosis and Haemostasis
  • Member of the Biochemical Society

Selected recent publications

Ahmed NS, Lopes Pires ME and Pugh N. Zinc: an endogenous and exogenous regulator of platelet function during hemostasis and thrombosis. 2020. Platelets, DOI:10.1080/09537104.2020.1840540.

Lopes Pires ME, Ahmed NS, Vara D, Gibbins JM, Pula G and Pugh N. Zinc regulates reactive oxygen species generation in platelets.2020. Platelets, DOI:10.1080/09537104.2020.1742311.

Ahmed NS, Lopes Pires ME, Taylor KA, Pugh N. 2019. Agonist-Evoked Increases in Intra-Platelet Zinc Couple to Functional Responses. Thrombosis and Haemostasis, 119(1):128-139

Iegre J, Ahmed NS, Gaynord JS, Wu Y, Herlihy KM, Tan YS, Lopes-Pires ME, Jha R, Lau YH, Sore HF, Verma C, O' Donovan DH, Pugh N, Spring DR. 2018 Stapled peptides as a new technology to investigate protein-protein interactions in human platelets. Chemical Science, 9(20):4638-4643.

Recent presentations and conferences

  • 3rd European platelet network (EUPLAN) conference. Bad Homburg vor der Höhe, Germany, 2016. Poster presented.
  • 11th Annual student research conference, Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge, UK, 2017. Talk given.
  • Cambridge cardiovascular 5th annual research symposium. Cambridge, UK, 2018. Poster presented.
  • Platelet UK meeting, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, UK, 2019. Talk given.
  • ISZB Zinc UK meeting. Online Conference. 2020. Talk given.