Higher Degree by Research Candidate
School of Biomedicine
Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences
I am a PhD candidate with the Mesenchymal Stem Cells Research Group in the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences. In 2015, I completed my Bachelor of Sciences (Biotechnology). In 2016, I completed my Bachelor of Health Sciences (Honours), where I received first class accreditation for my research in examining the role of an epigenetic enzyme in growth and differentiation of bone marrow-derived Mesenchymal Stem Cells. Following graduation, I was offered a position as a research assistant with the Mesenchymal Stem Cells Research Group, where I assisted in the investigation of a novel drug therapy to treat craniosynostosis in children with Saethre-Chotzen Syndrome.
Currently, my PhD project is examining an epigenetic enzyme as a target to treat craniosynostosis in children with Saethre-Chotzen Syndrome, which combines my epigenetic interest with my previous working experience. I am conducting my PhD research under the supervision of Prof Stan Gronthos (Primary), Dr Esther Camp-Dotlic, Dr Dimitrios Cakouros and Prof Peter Anderson.
My research is focusing on identifying a novel target to treat a medical condition called craniosynostosis where fibrous joints or sutures, which normally separate the skull bones during childhood, fuse prematurely, leading to skeletal deformities and neurological deficits. Currently, the only treatment for craniosynostosis involves the removal of the affected sutures and remodeling of the skull, which could lead to serious complications. Thus, an attempt to identify a novel drug therapy that eliminates the use of invasive surgery is paramount. Specifically, my project is examining an epigenetic enzyme, called KDM6A, as a drug target to treat craniosynostosis in children with Saethre-Chotzen Syndrome (SCS).
Date Position Institution name 2021 - ongoing Prospect Enquiry Agent University of Adelaide 2020 - ongoing Tutor, Human Anatomy and Physiology IA University of Adelaide 2019 - ongoing Tutor, Human Anatomy and Physiology IB University of Adelaide 2018 - ongoing Demonstrator University of Adelaide 2017 - 2017 Research Assistant University of Adelaide/ SAHMRI 2017 - 2018 Laboratory Technical Assistant Tarac Technology
Awards and Achievements
Date Type Title Institution Name Country Amount 2019 Award Channel 7 Children's Research Foundation Prize Channel 7 Children's Research Foundation Australia 2018 Award EpiCSA Best Short Talk Epigenetics Consortium of South Australia Australia 2018 Scholarship Adelaide Graduate Research Scholarship University of Adelaide Australia 2017 Honour Golden Key International Honour Society Membership Golden Key International Honour Society United States
Language Competency English Can read, write, speak, understand spoken and peer review Indonesian Can read, write, speak, understand spoken and peer review
Date Institution name Country Title 2018 University of Adelaide Australia Doctor of Philosophy 2016 - 2016 University of Adelaide Australia Bachelor of Health Sciences (Honours) 2012 - 2015 University of Adelaide Australia Bachelor of Sciences (Biotechnology)
Date Role Committee Institution Country 2020 - ongoing Member EMBL Australia PhD Symposium Committee EMBL Australia 2018 - ongoing Representative SAHMRI Student Association South Australia Health and Medical Research Institute Australia 2018 - ongoing Member Epigenetic Consortium of South Australia Epigenetic Consortium of South Australia Australia 2018 - ongoing Secretary Health Science Postgraduate Association University of Adelaide Australia
Date Role Membership Country 2019 - ongoing Member ASSCR Australia 2019 - ongoing Member ASMR Australia 2017 - ongoing Member Epigenetic Consortium of South Australia Australia
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