Young Investigators Committee Members

Angelica Merlot
Angelica Merlot

PhD Candidate
Discipline of Pathology
Blackburn Building, University of Sydney
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Angelica Merlot is a PhD candidate in the Molecular Pharmacology and Pathology Laboratory. She is interested in determining the pre-clinical efficacy of the anti-cancer thiosemicarbazones synthesised in the laboratory and characterising their efficacy, membrane transport, drug delivery and pharmacological mechanisms of action.


Shawna Foo
Shawna Foo

PhD Candidate
Discipline of Anatomy and Histology
Byrne Lab/Anderson Stuart, University of Sydney
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I am a second year PhD student with my research focusing on the effects of climate change stressors, specifically ocean warming and ocean acidification, on the early development of echinoderms. I use special breeding designs to assess adaptive potential of the animals to future ocean conditions and look at effects on morphology and the proteome.


Vicki Xie
Vicki Xie

PhD Candidate
School of Molecular Bioscience
Building G08 School of Molecular Bioscience, University of Sydney
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Vicki Xie completed her BSc Adv (Hons) at the University of Sydney under the supervision of Prof. Iain Campbell, investigating the transcriptional determinants of the microglial phenotype. She has continued on as a PhD candidate in the Campbell lab where she is now elucidating the role of transcription factor IRF8 in the central nervous system glial functions & phenotypes.


Charmaine Green
Charmaine Green

PhD Candidate
Discipline of Physiology
Medical Foundation Building, University of Sydney
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Charmaine Green is currently undertaking a PhD in the Developmental Physiology Laboratory, investigating the role of insulin-like growth factor-1 (IGF1) in mouse preimplantation embryo development and in early implantation events. Her research focuses on the effects of addition of IGF1 to the embryo culture medium and the molecular signalling pathways downstream of the IGF1R in the early embryo.


Vicki Velonas
Vicki Velonas

PhD Candidate
Discipline of Anatomy
Anderson Stuart Building, University of Sydney
E: vvel9215@uni.sydney.edu.au

Vicki Velonas is a PhD student in the Muscle Research Unit. She is working on developing a new test for Prostate Cancer diagnosis through identifying differentially expressed surface protein markers. The challenge is to identify a set of biomarkers that will discriminate between clinically localised and clinically advanced prostate cancer.


Rachel Shparberg
Rachel Shparberg

PhD Candidate
Discipline of Physiology
Medical Foundation Building, University of Sydney
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Rachel Shparberg is a PhD student in the Embryonic Stem Cell Laboratory. She is designing an L-proline-based protocol to drive the differentiation of mouse embryonic stem (mES) cells towards the neurectoderm lineage. Her work focuses on producing an in vitro model that can be used to study the molecular mechanisms of early neurogenesis.


David Clarke
David Clarke

PhD Candidate
Discipline of Pharmacology
BMRI & Bosch, University of Sydney
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David Clarke is a PhD student in the Cannabinoid Research Group. He is currently looking a gene environment interactions in mouse models of schizophrenia. In particular looking at the potential effect of stress and THC on the expression of schizophrenia like phenotypes in the transgenic Nrg1 HET line of mice.


Samson Dowland
Samson Dowland

PhD Candidate
Discipline of Anatomy & Histology
Anderson Stuart Building, University of Sydney
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Samson Dowland is a PhD candidate in the Cell and Reproductive Biology Laboratory. He is investigating how uterine epithelial cells change in order to facilitate blastocyst implantation. Of specific interest is the loss of microvilli at the time of receptivity and the mechanisms and purpose behind this.


Benjamin Harris
Ben Harris

PhD Candidate
Discipline of Pharmacology
Blackburn Building (D06), The University of Sydney
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Ben Harris is a PhD candidate in the Cancer Therapeutics Research Group. His research aims to further understand the impact of inflammation in cancer with a focus to determine differences in platinum drug distribution between normal and inflammation induced cancer cells.


Goldie Lui
Goldie Lui

PhD Candidate
Discipline of Pathology
Blackburn Building, University of Sydney
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Goldie Lui is a PhD student in the Molecular Pharmacology and Pathology Program. Her research is focused on understanding the cellular functions of the tumour growth and metastasis suppressor, NDRG1, and the mechanisms by which this protein inhibits cancer progression. She is also interested in how NDRG1 can be harnessed as a target in chemotherapy through its regulation by a new class of anti-cancer drugs.


Benjamin McIlwain
Ben McIlwain

PhD Candidate
Discipline of Pharmacology
Blackburn Building (D06), The University of Sydney
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Benjamin is a PhD student in the Transporter Biology Group in the Discipline of Pharmacology. His work involves understanding the transport mechanism of a bacterial amino acid transporter that is related to human glutamate transporters.


Tsz Wai Rosita Pang
Tsz Wai Rosita Pang Photo

PhD Candidate
Discipline of Anatomy & Histology
Anderson Stuart Building (F13), The University of Sydney
E: tpan2483@uni.sydney.edu.au

Tsz Wai Rosita Pang is a PhD student at the Retinal & Developmental Neurobiology Laboratory. Her research aims to find better treatments for Glioblastoma Multiforme, the most common and lethal type of brain tumours, with the use of ultrasmall superparamagnetic iron oxide nanoparticles.