Sarena La

Sarena La

Higher Degree by Research Candidate

Adelaide Medical School

Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences

Sarena is currently undertaking her PhD candidature with Translational Vascular Function Research Collaborative at the Basil Hetzel Institute & The Queen Elizabeth Hospital, supervised by A/Prof. Rosanna Tavella, Dr. Tharshy Pasupathy & Prof. John Beltrame. 

Her interest lies in patients with the NOCA (Non-Obstructive Coronary Arteries) syndromes. 


  • Appointments

    Date Position Institution name
    2022 - 2022 Conference Coordinator Assistance Univetsity of Adelaide
    2020 - ongoing Data Entry Assistant University of Adelaide
  • Awards and Achievements

    Date Type Title Institution Name Country Amount
    2022 Award South Australian Cardiovascular Showcase Poster Award Heart Foundation Australia 100
    2022 Award THRFG/BHI Travel Grant The Hospital Research Foundation Group Australia 750
    2022 Award EO Myers Trust Fund Heart Foundation Australia 2000
    2021 Award Innovation & Commercial Partners Prize University of Adelaide Australia 100
    2020 Scholarship Research Training Program Scholarship (RTPS) University of Adelaide Australia
    2020 Award Adelaide Graduate Award University of Adelaide Australia
    2019 Scholarship The Hospital Research Foundation Honours Scholarship University of Adelaide Australia 8000
  • Education

    Date Institution name Country Title
    2020 - 2023 University of Adelaide Australia PhD (medicine)
    2019 - 2020 University of Adelaide Australia Health and Medical Sciences (Honours), First Class
    2016 - 2018 University of Adelaide Australia Bachelor of Health and Medical Sciences (Advanced)
  • Research Interests

  • Journals

    Year Citation
    La, S., Tavella, R., Pasupathy, S., & Beltrame, J. F. (n.d.). Clinico-pathophysiological considerations in coronary microvascular disorders. Vessel Plus.


  • Other Supervision Activities

    Date Role Research Topic Location Program Supervision Type Student Load Student Name
    2022 - ongoing Co-Supervisor Functional Angiogram Database University of Adelaide Summer Research Project Other Full Time Ali Alsharifi
    2022 - ongoing Principal Supervisor Predictors and Outcomes of MINOCA diagnosed on Cardiac MRI University of Adelaide Summer Research Project Other Full Time Linnette Chua
  • Committee Memberships

    Date Role Committee Institution Country
    2022 - ongoing Representative Adelaide Medical School/ Biomedicine School HDR Committee University of Adelaide Australia
    2021 - ongoing Representative Basil Hetzel Institute Management Committee Basil Hetzel Institute Australia
    2021 - ongoing Member Australian Society of Medical Research (ASMR) - Australia
    2021 - ongoing Member Cardiac Society of Australia and New Zealand (CSANZ) - Australia
    2021 - ongoing Member Coronary Vasomotor Dysfunction Working Group Cardiac Society of Australia & New Zealand Australia
  • Community Engagement

    Date Title Engagement Type Institution Country
    2022 - ongoing Florey Undergraduate Conference Judge Scientific Community Engagement University of Adelaide Australia
    2019 - 2020 Honours Student Representative Scientific Community Engagement University of Adelaide Australia

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