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New students

The school has welcomed PhD student, Milindu Liyanapathirana, who is supervised by Associate Professor Giuseppe Verdile.

 

Honours students 2016

The honours literature review and proposal seminars were held from Wednesday 20 April  to Friday 22 April. Twenty nine honours students presented their literature reviews and honours proposals at a seminar attended by researchers, academics and students. Click here for information about the students, their project titles and their supervisors.

 

Student awards

PhD students Joanne Gardner and Audrey Margery-Muir have won student travel awards of $780 from the Australasian Society for Immunology (ASI) to attend the International Congress of Immunology in Melbourne in August. The ASI received over 260 applications from across the country, and all applicants were ranked nationally. Only the top students were selected for these awards, and it is a great achievement for Joanne and Audrey to be competitive at the national level. Joanne Gardner is supervised by Associate Professor Delia Nelson, and Audrey Margery-Muir is supervised by Associate Professor David Groth.

 

Poster presentations at the Science on the Swan conference

PhD students Abhijeet Deshmukh and Sebastian Pohl received best poster prize awards at the Science on the Swan conference, which was held from the 3 May to 5 May 2016. Abhijeet, who is co-supervised by Professor Arunasalam Dharmarajan and Professor Philip Newsholme, presented a poster entitled ‘The role of secreted frizzled-related protein 4 (sFRP4) in Chemo-sensitisation of Cancer Stem cells’.

Abhijeet Deshmukh received a best poster prize award at the Science on the Swan conference.
Abhijeet Deshmukh received a best poster prize award at the Science on the Swan conference.

Sebastian, who is supervised by Professor Arunasalam Dharmarajan and Dr Alan Prem Kumar, presented a poster entitled ‘DEAD-Box Helicase DP103 regulates Wnt/β-catenin signalling in triple negative breast cancer stem-like cells’.

Many thanks to Dr Revanthy Carnagarin for accepting the awards on behalf of Abhijeet and Sebastian.

 

Sebastian Pohl received a best poster prize award at the Science on the Swan conference.
Sebastian Pohl received a best poster prize award at the Science on the Swan conference.

A number of our students presented at the Science on the Swan conference. Click here for a list of students and their posters.

 

FameLab 2016, WA semi-finals

PhD student, Abhishek Singh, competed in the FameLab semi-finals held at the WA Maritime Museum on 14 April 2016. FameLab is a lay, three-minute-thesis style competition, which is organised by the British Council.

Abhishek spoke on his PhD topic of iron and its link to non-alcoholic fatty liver disease. Although not placed, his presentation was well received.

Abhishek Singh competing in the FameLab semi-finals held at the WA Maritime Museum.
Abhishek Singh competing in the FameLab semi-finals held at the WA Maritime Museum.

Abhishek said that FameLab was a wonderful opportunity for him.

“Fame Lab is one of the biggest science communication competitions in the world. It is hosted by the British Council and takes place in around 23 different countries,” he said.

“I was lucky enough to progress to the WA semi-finals. It was a great learning experience on how to effectively communicate science/research to the general public…I even had the opportunity to give a live interview to RTRFM in Perth on my research. The event was a great opportunity for me to meet and learn from some of the famous science communicators in the country and media.”

 

Abhishek Singh (third from right) with other FameLab presenters.
Abhishek Singh (third from right) with other FameLab presenters.

 

Other activities

Francis Gratte, PhD student, with Dr Nina Tirnitz-Parker and Professor John Olynyk, spent five weeks in the laboratory of Professor David Brenner, at the University of California, San Diego. The Brenner group are experts in hepatic stellate cell biology and fibrosis. Frankie was invited to learn cell isolation and culture techniques, which will be invaluable for his PhD studies. He had a very productive time in San Diego, while enjoying Mexican food every day!

The biomed building at the University of California, San Diego.
The biomed building at the University of California, San Diego.