Zarah is an experienced Nurse and Biomedical scientist with specialisation in Neurosciences and Oncology (particularly in supporting early cancers from surveillance to therapeutics interventions) with a strong translational Clinical research background. As an advanced practitioner, she has worked in several senior roles within Clinical research at the Cambridge Biomedical centre for over 16 years, with the last 10 years being for the Cancer Cell Unit of the Medical Research Council at University of Cambridge. She passionately believes in putting the patient at the centre of everything she does whether this is academic teaching, research study, service development or supervision. Zarah is very pleased to have received a funding offer from University of Suffolk to pursue a PhD and looking to undertake an innovative study that will aim to redesign how end of life assessments are undertaken in critical care units, using methodologies ground in Health Care Design principles.
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Most of Zarah's career in the UK, was working in highly specialised areas from Neurocritical Care unit in Cambridge, where she was the first advance practitioner from year 2003, to working within research environments. Starting at the Wellcome Trust Clinical Research Facility, to working for a Medical Research Council early Cancer translational researcher and clinical surveillance & intervention service, that is linked to the University of Cambridge medical school and the NHS Trust via the Biomedical Campus translational research conglomerate. She brings a wealth of experience that cut across many sectors in the provisions of University of Suffolk.
Her teaching expertise would include:
The Biosciences - including Anatomy, Pathophysiology, pharmacology and other related areas
Integrated Care - Oncology from early cancer surveillance, Diagnostics, therapeutic interventions, survivorship, palliation and End of life
Developing a Respiratory Care – level seven module provision for the university of Suffolk
Zarah's main research interest is in Health Care Design – a new area of research and discipline, that beings’ innovative methodologies into trouble shooting and revamping existing processes or new processes, and pathways to improve and enhance healthcare delivery and experiences.
Zarah is currently working on undertaking a retrospective study of critical care records for patients that died with COVID-19 pneumonitis during the pandemics, with a view to use the findings to inform improving End of life care processes and experiences– in acute care settings, particularly, critical care. This work feeds into developing end of life care in acute care setting, with special interest in critical care units as part of her PhD project.
From an educationist point of view, Zarah is currently leading on evaluating the effectiveness of using story telling modalities (including narratives and videos) as alternatives to traditional lectures supported by PowerPoint presentations, in teaching the Biosciences subjects at the University of Suffolk.
In collaboration with her colleagues within the university of Suffolk, Zarah is developing a Research Interest group in global majority research, with the aim of setting up research projects that will make a good difference to the life and course of staff and students from the global majority background in the University and the Suffolk region.
Zarah is also contributing to the development of the Suffolk Integrated Care Academy by contributing expertise in many areas of their needs.
Garcia E, Hayden A, Birts C et al. ………. Abdullahi Z…. (2016) Authentication and characterisation of a new oesophageal Adenocarcinoma Cell line: MFD-1 (Scientific Reports, (2016), 6, 1, (32417), 10.1038/srep32417) Scientific Reports, vol. 9, issue 1 (2019) Published by Nature Publishing Group
Secrier M, Li X, De Silva N, Eldridge M, Contino G, Bornschein J, Macrae S, Grehan N, O'Donovan M, Miremadi A, ……………….Abdullahi Z ...see all (2016) Mutational signatures in Oesophageal Adenocarcinoma define etiologically distinct subgroups with therapeutic relevance Nature Genetics, vol. 48, issue 10 (2016) pp. 1131-1141
Shariff M, Varghese S, O'Donovan M, Abdullahi Z, Liu X, Fitzgerald R, Di Pietro M Pilot randomized crossover study comparing the efficacy of Trans-Nasal disposable Endo-sheath with standard Endoscopy to detect Barrett's Oesophagus Endoscopy, vol. 48, issue 2 (2016) pp. 110-116
Ross-Innes C, Becq J, Warren A et al. ………..Abdullahi Z…… (2015) Whole-genome sequencing provides new insights into the clonal architecture of Barrett's Oesophagus and Oesophageal Adenocarcinoma Nature Genetics (2015) 47(9) 1038-1046 DOI: 10.1038/ng.3357
Weaver J, Ross-Innes C, Shannon N, Lynch A, Forshew T, Barbera M, Murtaza M, Ong C, Lao-Sirieix P, Dunning M,…………..Abdullahi, Z ...see all (2014) Ordering of Mutations in preinvasive disease stages of Oesophageal Carcinogenesis Nature Genetics, vol. 46, issue 8 (2014) pp. 837-843
Banerjee S, Shen B, Baron T et al. ……. Abdullahi Z…… (2013) Signatures of Mutational Processes in Human Cancer Nature, vol. 500, issue 7463 (2013) pp. 415-421
Shariff M, Bird-Lieberman E, O'Donovan M, Abdullahi Z, Liu X, Blazeby J, Fitzgerald R (2012) Randomized crossover study comparing efficacy of Trans-Nasal endoscopy with that of standard Endoscopy to detect Barrett's Oesophagus Gastrointestinal Endoscopy, vol. 75, issue 5 (2012) pp. 954-961
Shariff K, Bird-Lieberman E, Vowler S, Abdullahi Z, O'Donovan M,Blazeby J, Fitzgerald R (2010) Nasal or Standard Endoscopy (NOSE) for Diagnosis of Barrett's Oesophagus - Efficacy and Patient Tolerance Gastrointestinal Endoscopy, vol. 71, issue 5 (2010) p. AB121 Published by Elsevier BV
Zarah Abdullahi and Catherine Playfair (University of Suffolk, UK) (2021) Recruiting champions for repurposing unconscious bias in the higher education setting; Advance HE’s NET2021 virtual conference – 1 – 3 September 2021 https://www.advance-he.ac.uk/sites/default/files/2021-08/NET2021-programme-2-Sep-2021.pdf
Zarah Abdullahi (University of Bedfordshire, UK) (2018) Start of the Art: Theoretical Models Influencing the Multidisciplinary Clinical Setting; 2nd International Conference on Nursing Science & Practice August 6-8, 2018; London, United Kingdom https://unitedscientificgroup.com/conferences/nursing-science/2018/assets/pdfs/Nursing-2018_Program.pdf
Zarah enjoy's working collaboratively with a charity school in Cambridge (Abu Bakyr Volunteer weekend Islamic school) for over ten years, where she developed their health and safety activities including being the lead trainer for staff development and for meeting regulatory compliances. She also uses her experience and leadership abilities to involve students from this school in creative extracurricular activities including writing competitions, that has led to students winning international awards.
In Suffolk, Zarah is currently working with the University of Suffolk wider participation group to introduce writing competition as part of the outreach activities to be undertaken; with a view to making it a regular annual event.
Zarah is developing working relations with various working groups at the Suffolk Integrated Care Academy, providing support and inputs as global majorities champion and representative; thus contributing to ensuring the voice of the minority groups are heard and accounted for in all the new initiatives happening in the academy.
Zarah is also currently working with an incubation project winner from Cambridge University, with a view to bringing a prototype health care facilitation application to clinical trial in the Suffolk region
Zarah is collaborating with colleagues from two Universities in Nigeria (University of Maiduguri and University of Abuja) to create a knowledge exchange and transfer of best practices in Oncology, Critical & Respiratory care, and End of life inter-disciplinary trainings, with focus on nurse trainings.
Registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Council as a Registered General Nurse
National Institute of Health Research fellowship recipient (2011)
Research Leadership, Advance HE - 2020
Associate Fellow of The Higher Education Academy (with full fellowship in view)
Member of the Royal College of Nursing
PRINCE2 Project Management Practitioner (PMPP)
Associate Fellow – Health Care Design Institute