It gives me great pleasure to invite you to the inaugural Virtual MDHS Graduate Research Conference for 2020. This year has posed many challenges to us all, collaboration and social cohesion have become more than just catch phrases. The aim of this conference is to provide an opportunity for our Graduate Researchers to present their work, collaborate, network and bond. I look forward to seeing you all as active participants in this unique conference that was established by the tireless work of the Graduate Researcher led Conference Organising Committee.
–Professor Alex Boussioutas
Associate Dean Graduate Research MDHS
On behalf of the organising committee, I am pleased to invite you to the MDHS Graduate Research Conference 2020. This year has been challenging for all of us and we hope this conference will provide students with new opportunities for their future career. It is a pleasure for me to lead this committee, consisting out of several student societies across the MDHS faculty and seeing us working together towards one aim – organising a fantastic day for graduate students full of opportunities to present and discuss their work, find new collaborations and expand their network.
I sincerely hope you will enjoy this conference and looking forward to meeting everyone on the day. Thank you for your participation.
Chair of the MDHS Graduate Research Conference
Participating Student Societies
Conference will be running virtually via Whova
Cancer Basic Science
Young Investigator Award – Sri Vaidyanathan
2nd – Athena Ong
3rd – Emma Petley
Cancer Translational and Clinical
Young Investigator Award – Ronnie Low
2nd – Adilson Teixeira
3rd – Jake Valentine
Young Investigator Award – Nicholas Chandler
2nd – Catriona Nguyen
3rd – Kayla Wilson
Young Investigator Award – Susanna Lake
2nd – Luca Hensen
3rd – Swapnil Tichkule
Biomedicine – Molecular and Cell Biology
Young Investigator Award – Yau Chung Low
2nd – Xiao Peng Lin
3rd – Viacheslav Kriachkov
Biomedicine – Physiology and Anatomy
Young Investigator Award – Avinash Kondiboyina
2nd – Ayeshah Rosdah
3rd – Jinia Lilianty
Clinical and Translational Medicine
Young Investigator Award – Rahul Barmanray
2nd – Tayla Razmovski
3rd – Daniel Cox
Young Investigator Award – Elektra Schubert
2nd – Matthew Jiwa
3rd – Morgan Weaving
Young Investigator Award – Matthew Coleman
2nd – Gabriella Springall
3rd – Alex Tilleray
Young Investigator Award – Louise Bourchier
2nd – Marissa Shields
3rd – Deborah Ashtree
Neuroscience – Psychiatry and Mental Health
Young Investigator Award – Roberta Anversa
2nd – Anita Dharan
3rd – Phoebe Thomson
Neuroscience – Trauma and Degeneration
Young Investigator Award – Farheen Farzana
2nd – Geraldine Kong
3rd – Azin Amin
- Monday 5 October
- Friday 6 November
Abstract submissions closed
- Friday 13 November
- Friday 4 December
- Tuesday 8 December
2020 GR Conference
Professor Marcia Haigis Professor Joel Mackay Associate Professor Dominic Ng Dr Gabriella T. Heller Professor Eduardo Colombari Professor Diane Fatkin Dr Benjamin L. Parker
Dr Alana L. Welm Associate Professor Christine Chaffer Dr Rosemary Millen Professor Yvonne Paterson Professor Sarah-Jane Dawson Dr Raelene Endersby Associate Professor Zhang Yongliang
Infection and Immunity
Dr Ines Swoboda Professor JoAnne L Flynn Professor Carola G. Vinuesa Dr Alexander David Barrow Professor Anthony (Tony) Cunningham Dr Jason Rosch Associate Professor Victoria Lawson Dr Susanne Gebhard
Professor Vassilis E. Koliatsos Professor Elizabeth J Bradbury Associate Professor Stuart Ian Hodgetts Associate Professor Richelle Mychasiuk Professor Stephen Maren Professor Belinda Lennox Dr Tertia Purves-Tyson Dr Susannah Tye
Associate Professor Matthew Greenhawt Professor Julie Bines PD Dr med Erich Rutz
Professor Alan D. Lopez Dr Jessica Young Professor John Hopper
Associate Professor Kurt Grey Professor Fiona Fidler Daniel Bennet, PhD
Associate Professor Thomas Oxley Professor Daniela Traini Dr C. Glenn Begley Professor Keith Martin
Conference Session Booklets
Science Communication Workshop, 12.30-1.45pm
Want to boost your scientific communication skills? Join the MDHS Science Communication Workshop and get top-notch advice from Dr Shane Huntington, who has interviewed thousands of researches on radio since 1994, including Jane Goodall and Apollo astronaut captain Gene Cernan!
Shane is an exceptionally engaging host of the 3RRR science-based radio show, Einstein A Go-Go. He completed Honours in physics in 1993, during which his passion for science communication and radio was cultivated. Shane completed his PhD in physics and became a successful physicist at the University of Melbourne where he accumulated $10M in competitive funding and published over 80 papers.
Outside of academia, amongst other business ventures, Shane established and ran his own company, The Innovation Group Pty. Ltd., which is now the leading provider of Atomic Force Microscopes in Australia and New Zealand. Today, Shane has more than 4,000 followers on Twitter (@DrShaneRRR) and broadcasts interviews with researchers (including PhD students) across a variety of fields, to communicate current science to people all over the world!
For more information on Dr Shane Huntington and Einstein A Go-Go visit https://www.shanehuntington.com/ and https://www.rrr.org.au/explore/programs/einstein-a-go-go
Careers Q&A Panel, 4-5pm
Wondering what your employment options after your graduate? Not sure where to start? Join us for the Careers Q&A to hear from 5 PhD graduates with stellar careers in both academic and industry areas – A/Prof Nicholas Opie, Dr Ashish Sethi, Dr Maryam Hussain, Dr Simran Kaur, and Dr Danijela Mirosa. You'll have the opportunity hear about their career journeys, get advice on how to kickstart your career, and ask any burning questions you have about different roles in academia and industry!
- A/Prof Nicholas Opie is a biomedical engineer with experience in neural prostheses and co-head of the Vascular Bionics Laboratory. He completed his BE (Hons) and BSc undergraduate degrees at Monash University in 2007, his MBA at Melbourne Business School in 2018 and was awarded his PhD in 2012 for research developing a bionic eye. Nicholas is also a Founding Director and CTO of Synchron, a company incorporated to translate endovascular bionic technology into clinical application.
- Dr Ashish Sethi obtained his PhD in 2017 from the University of Melbourne. Currently, he is working as a postdoctoral research fellow in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, University of Melbourne. Last year, Ashish was awarded an Early Career Research Grant by the University of Melbourne. Dr Ashish has published 14 research articles so far, including first and co-authored research papers in high impact journals such as Nature Communications and Cell Reports.
- Dr Maryam Hussain obtained her PhD from the University of Bern in 2018, where she developed an expertise in immunology with a focus on host-microbiome interaction and allergy development. Afterwards, Maryam transitioned into industry by joining CSL Behring in 2019, where she was responsible for the timely release of clinical products. In 2020, Maryam was appointed the role of Medical Science Liaison, with a focus on therapeutics for interstitial lung diseases at Boehringer Ingelheim. In this position, Maryam provides scientific training and engages with key experts and physicians.
- Dr Simranpreet Kaur completed her undergraduate studies in Bachelor of Engineering in Biotechnology from Panjab University India in 2007. After working as a research analyst with BioXcel Corporation, she completed two master's degrees (M. App.Sc in Molecular Biotechnology and M.Phil in Medicine) from the University of Sydney in 2011. After working at Queensland Brain Institute as a research assistant in 2015, Simran relocated to Melbourne in 2016 to undertake her PhD at the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute where she now works as a post-doctoral researcher in the MitoBrain group. Simran’s research was recently featured on the front cover of Human Mutation.
- Dr Danijela Mirosa is the Franchise Director of Oncology for the Oceanic Cluster, Takeda Pharmaceuticals, based in Sydney. Her qualifications include a PhD in Biomedicine from the University of Melbourne, and an MBA from Melbourne Business School. She has over 16 years of “bench to business” biopharmaceutical experience across rare and specialty disease areas. Danijela spent more than 6 years as a translational research scientist in the Australian biotechnology sector and has held numerous commercial roles across diverse therapeutic areas such as Immunology, Neurology, Haemophilia, Oncology and Ophthalmology, as well as more recently in Strategy and Patient Services.
Virtual socialise – relax and have some virtual coffee with your colleagues.
Networking – introduce yourself and converse with your fellow speakers and delegates!
Among Us is similar to the classic game “Mafia” or “Werewolf”, where players attempt to identify the impostors before the impostors can eliminate the crewmates! Among Us includes a fresh twist on this social deduction game: crewmates must run around a spaceship to complete tasks, while impostors race to eliminate crewmates or sabotage the ship.
Conference will be running virtually via Whova
All the themes listed below will be running concurrently:
Cancer - Infection/Immunity - Neuroscience -
Psychological Science - Biomedicine - Translational/Clinical -
Paediatrics - Population Health
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