Natasha Friend

Natasha Friend

Higher Degree by Research Candidate

Adelaide Medical School

Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences


Multiple myeloma (MM) is an incurable bone marrow (BM) malignancy caused by the uncontrolled proliferation of neoplastic antibody-secreting plasma cells (PC). MM is almost always preceded by an asymptomatic disease stage, known as monoclonal gammopathy of undetermined significance (MGUS). The genetic mutations present in MGUS and MM vary significantly between patients and the key genetic drivers of disease progression remain poorly understood. My PhD project aims to investigate a few key genes, the loss of which may contribute to the development of MM. This may lead to the identification of new molecular markers of disease risk and novel therapeutic targets in MM. 

  • Awards and Achievements

    Date Type Title Institution Name Country Amount
    2015 Scholarship Australian Postgraduate Award The University of Adelaide
    2015 Scholarship MH & MF Joyner Scholarship in Medicine
    2015 Scholarship George Fraser Supplementary Scholarship
    2015 Award SAHMRI PhD Presentation 1st Prize SAHMRI 1000
    2015 Award Florey Medical Research Foundation Travel Grant 500
    2014 Scholarship Faculty of Health Sciences Honours Scholarship Flinders University Australia
    2014 Award University Medal Flinders University
    2012 Scholarship Adelaide Summer Research Scholarship The University of Adelaide Australia
    2010 Award Richard Coultas Award for Highest Academic Achievement in First Year Biology Flinders University Australia
  • Education

    Date Institution name Country Title
    2010 - 2014 Flinders University Australia BSc(Hons)

2011-2012 1st year Biology Peer Assisted Study Session (PASS) leader - Flinders University

2016 2nd year Physiology practical demonstrator - The University of Adelaide


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