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  • Dr. Marya Ahmed, MSc, PhD


Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry & Faculty of Sustainable Design and Engineering


University of Prince Edward Island

Research Interests:

Biomaterials, Drug delivery, immunotherapy, drug resistant carcinoma, polymer peptide hybrids

The use of combination drugs to overcome aggressive, metastatic and resistant cancerous anomalies is a focus of leading cancer research today. The cocktail of chemotherapeutics generally involve simultaneous intake of multiple anticancer drugs by the patient with little or no-control on their stoichiometric and targeted delivery to the affected area. The research theme in Ahmed group focuses on the development of peptide-based nanocarriers for precise and targeted delivery of multiple drugs in cancer cells.

Involvement with BHCRI to date:

Dr. Marya Ahmed is an Associate Member






K. C. Irving Chemistry Building, 550 University Ave., University of Prince Edward Island, Charlottetown, PEI, C1A 4P3


Ahmed, M. Peptides, Polypeptides and Peptide-Polymer Hybrids for Gene Delivery. Biomater. Sci., 2017, 5, 2188-2211.

Ahmed, M.; Kelley, S. O. Enhancing the Potency of Nalidixic Acid Towards a Bacterial DNA Gyrase with Conjugated Peptides. ACS Chem. Biol. 2017, 12, 2563-2569.

Jean, S. R.; Ahmed, M.; Lei, E. K.; Wisnovsky, S. P. Kelley, S. O. Peptide-Mediated Delivery of Chemical Probes and Therapeutics to Mitochondria. Acc.Chem. Res. 2016, 49, 1893-1902.

Narain, R.; Wang, Y.; Ahmed, M.; Lai, B.; Kizhakkedathu, J. Blood Components Interactions to Ionic and Non-ionic Glyconanogels. Biomacromolecules 2015, 16, 2990-2997.

Ahmed, M.; Pan, D.; Davis, M.E. Lack of in vivo Antibody Dependent Cellular Cytotoxicity with Antibody Containing Gold Nanoparticles. Bioconjugate Chem. 2015, 26, 812-816.

Ahmed, M.; Narain, R. Carbohydrate Based Materials for Targeted Delivery of Drugs and Genes to the Liver. Invited Review, Nanomedicine, 2015, 10, 2263-2288.

Ahmed, M.; Ishihara, K.; Narain, R. Calcium Mediated Formation of Phosphorylcholine based Polyplexes for Efficient Knockdown of Epidermal Growth Factor Receptors (EGFR) in HeLa Cells. Chem. Comm. 2014, 50, 2943-2946.

Ahmed, M.; Narain, R. Cell Line Dependent Uptake and Transfection Efficiencies of PEI-Anionic Glycopolymer Systems. Biomaterials 2013, 34, 4368-4376.

Ahmed, M.; Wattanaarsakit, P.; Narain, R. Recent Advances in the Preparation of Glycopolymer Bioconjugates. Eur. Polym. J. 2013, 49, 3010-3033.

Kotsuchibashi, Y.; Zhang, Y.; Ahmed, M.; Ebara, M.; Aoyagi, T.; Narain, R. Fabrication of FITC-doped Silica Nanoparticles and their Cellular Uptake. J. Biomed. Mat. Res. Part A, 2013, 101, 2090-2096.

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