Kisha Sivanathan

Kisha Sivanathan

Adelaide Medical School

Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences


I am developing new ways to transplant patients with stem cell therapies without the need for drugs. Growing specialized adult stem cells (mesenchymal stem ells, MSC obtained from the bone marrow) in the presence of a unique immune signaling protein (IL-17) has generated a “supercharged” stem cell with superior abilities to dampen immune responses in cell and organ transplant patients. The use of these MSC in transplant patients may significantly reduce the dose of anti-rejection drugs required to prevent cell and organ rejection. By minimizing the dose of drugs, I aim to eliminate the risk of developing infections and cancer in these patients. I am recipient of the 2018 NHMRC CJ Martin Overseas Early Career Fellowship. Currently, I am conducting my fellowship at the Harvard Medical School and the Brigham and Women's Hospital, United States of America. I am studying the role of inflammation on MSC in different disease models.  

 

 

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  • Appointments

    Date Position Institution name
    2018 NHMRC CJ Martin Biomedical Postdoctoral Research Fellowship University of Adelaide
    2018 Exchange Research Scholar Harvard Medical School
    2017 - 2017 Postdoctoral Research Fellow University of Adelaide
    2016 - 2017 Postdoctoral work Experience University of South Australia
    2016 - 2016 University Research Associate University of Adelaide
    2014 Young Investigator Committee Member Cell Transplant and Regenerative Medicine Society, The Transplantation Society
    2010 - 2011 Research Assistant (Casual) University of Adelaide
  • Awards and Achievements

    Date Type Title Institution Name Country Amount
    2017 Award JDRF Australia 2017 Travel Grant Award Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) Australia Australia AUD4000
    2017 Nomination Nomination for the 2017 Fresh Science Award Fresh Science Australia
    2017 Award 2017 TSANZ Young Investigator Award Transplantation Society of Australia and New Zealand (TSANZ) Australia AUD860.71
    2017 Nomination Nominated for 2017 SA Science Excellence Awards – PhD Research Excellence Award Department of State Development, Government of South Australia Australia
    2017 Award Semi-finalist for the Channel 9 Young Achievers Award (Category: University of Adelaide Science and Technology) Channel 9 Young Achievers Award Australia
    2017 Nomination Nominated for the 2017 University of Adelaide Alumni Medal University of Adelaide Australia
    2016 Recognition Best Papers from 2016 Young Investigators by the Journal of Stem Cells and Top 3 Finalist for the Young Investigator Award Journal of Stem Cells United States
    2016 Award Dean’s Commendation for Doctoral Thesis Excellence University of Adelaide Australia
    2016 Award School of Medicine Research Travel Award University of Adelaide Australia 3000
    2016 Award Astellas Travel Award
    2016 Award Women’s Research Excellence Award University of Adelaide Australia AUD 5000
    2015 Scholarship The Hospital Research Foundation Grant Funded Scholarship The Hospital Research Foundation Australia AUD 25,849 per annum
    2015 Award The International Transplantation Science Mentee-Mentor Travel Awards The Transplantation Society Canada USD 800
    2015 Award TSANZ President’s Prize Young Investigator travel grant Transplantation Society of Australia and New Zealand (TSANZ) Australia AUD 900
    2015 Award TSANZ Young Investigator Award Transplantation Society of Australia and New Zealand Australia AUD 780.92
    2015 Award American Transplant Congress Young Investigator Award American Society of Transplant Surgeons and the American Society of Transplantation United States USD 1000
    2015 Award Poster of Distinction American Society of Transplant Surgeons and The American Society of Transplantation United States
    2014 Award TSANZ Young Investigator Award Transplantation Society of Australia and New Zealand Australia AUD 701
    2014 Award The International Transplantation Science Mentee-Mentor Travel Awards The Transplantation Society Canada USD 2000
    2013 Award The Transplantation Society Young Investigator Travel Award The Transplantation Society Canada USD 2250
    2012 Scholarship International Adelaide Graduate Research Scholarship (AGRS) University of Adelaide Australia 86697.50
    2011 Award TSANZ Young Investigator award – Transplantation Society of Australia and New Zealand (TSANZ) Australia AUD 551.10
    2011 Award Rapamune Quiz Winner Pfizer Australia
    2011 Honour Golden Key International Honor Society Golden Key International Honor Society Australia
    2010 Scholarship The Robinson Institute Petrucco Honours Scholarship University of Adelaide Australia AUD 4000
    2010 Scholarship The Robinson Institute Petrucco Honours Scholarship University of Adelaide Australia AUD 4000
    2008 Achievement Certificate of Excellence, Australian Degree Transfer Program (Science) INTI International University, Malaysia Malaysia
    2008 Achievement Certificate of Merit, Australian Degree Transfer Program (Science) INTI International University, Malaysia Malaysia
    2007 Scholarship Merit Scholarship, INTI International University, Malaysia Malaysia
    2007 Achievement Certificate of Excellence, Australian Degree Transfer Program (Science) INTI International University, Malaysia Malaysia
    2005 Scholarship Merit Scholarlarhip INTI International University, Malaysia Malaysia
  • Language Competencies

    Language Competency
    English Can read, write, speak, understand spoken and peer review
    Malay Can read, write, speak and understand spoken
    Tamil Can understand spoken
  • Education

    Date Institution name Country Title
    2012 - 2016 University of Adelaide Australia PhD in Medicine
    2010 - 2010 University of Adelaide Australia Bachelor of Health Science (Honours) - First Class
    2009 Univeristy of Adelaide Australia Bachelor of Science (Biomedical Science)
  • Postgraduate Training

    Date Title Institution Country
    2017 - 2017 University of Adelaide Career Development Program University of Adelaide Australia
  • Research Interests

Feb 2018 - current: NHMRC CJ Martin Overseas Biomedical Early Career Postdoctoral Research Fellowship (CJ Martin) (AUD 417,193.32) - Grant ID: GNT1143655 - Institutions: Harvard Medical School (2yr) and University of Adelaide (2yr)

December 2017: JDRF International Postdoctoral Fellowship (USD 177,876) -Grant Key: 3-PDF-2018-589-A-N - *award declined due to acceptance of NHMRC CJ Martin Fellowship

November 2015: Royal Adelaide Hospital (RAH) Research Foundation 2016 Clinical Project Grant (AUD 50 000)

October 2015: The Hospital Research Foundation Grant Funded Scholarship (AUD 25,849 per annum)

August 2015: The Robinson Research Institute High Impact Paper Funding, University of Adelaide (AUD 2680.61)

May 2015: Special Purpose Fund (to attend the American Transplant Congress), Royal Adelaide Hospital  (AUD 5000)

June 2014: The Walter Dorothy Duncan Trust Fund, University of Adelaide – Travel Grant (AUD 1500)

June 2013: The Walter Dorothy Duncan Trust Fund, University of Adelaide – Travel Grant (AUD 2200)

March 2012 - September 2015: International Adelaide Graduate Research Scholarship (AGRS), The University of Adelaide (full tuition and living allowances for 3.5 years – 2012: AUD23728; 2013: AUD24653; 2014: AUD25392; 2015: AUD25849 – TOTAL 86697.50) – awarded top 20 university-wide international student applicants

2010: The Robinson Institute Petrucco Honours Scholarship, University of Adelaide (AUD 4000) – awarded to top 6 international student applicants

January 2011: Loan repayment exemption for First Class Honours, National Higher Education Fund Corporation, Malaysia (RM 15 750.00 @ AUD4695.44)
 

 

  • Phone: 83137010
  • Email: kisha.sivanathan@adelaide.edu.au
  • Campus: North Terrace
  • Building: Adelaide Health and Medical Sciences, floor 7
  • Room: WS7071.11
  • Org Unit: Health and Medical Sciences Faculty Office

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