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I graduated from the University of Otago in 2008 with a BSc majoring in genetics and pharmacology. Following this I was offered a masters project under Professor Mike Eccles and Dr Cherie Stayner of the Developmental Genetics Group in the University of Otago Medical School. This project involved the development of a large animal model of polycystic kidney disease (PKD). PKD is a research interest that I shared with both Professor Eccles and Dr Stayner. To pursue this area of reasearch they had acquired several sheep that displayed an unusually high incidence of early onset PKD in their offspring. Much of my work was based on the breeding, genotyping, and phenotyping of these animals.

After travelling for some time I was keen to get back into research so I began looking for PhD opportunities, at which point I found Associate Professor Toby Coates was looking for expressions of interest. I made contact and we discussed the possibility of working on an Ovine MSC project. I was very keen to work on this project and it was made possible thanks to being awarded an Australian Postgraduate Scholarship. Now I am investigating the immunosuppression abilities of MSCs in an Ovine model of kidney allograft transplantation with an emphasis on delivery mechanisms.

Research focus

Mesenchymal stem cells (MSC) in kidney transplantation

Study Background

  • Bachelor of Science
  • Masters of Science
  • PhD candidate
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