Damira Kanayeva, PhD

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Dr. Damira Kanayeva joined Nazarbayev University in 2011. Since then she has been actively involved in teaching, research, and service. Dr. Kanayeva established research direction in the field of biosensors and biodetection at NU, which represents a promising option for developing reliable, simple, and affordable tools for effective detection of pathogens. She is an advisor of undergraduate and graduate students, who are actively pursuing their degrees in the field of biology and biomedical engineering. Undergraduate team of biology students supervised by Dr. Kanayeva received bronze (2014) and silver (2015) medals in a worldwide synthetic biology competition iGEM (International Genetically Engineered Machine). She has been the PI of a state target program as well as internal and external grants. She is also a member of professional societies (American Society for Microbiology) and honorary organizations such as Phi Kappa Phi (USA). She received her Ph.D. degree in cell and molecular biology from University of Arkansas (USA) with biosensors being a primary focus of her studies. Currently, Dr. Kanayeva holds position of an assistant professor in the Department of Biology, School of Sciences and Humanities at Nazarbayev University.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

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