Young Investigators Committee Members

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.


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.


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.


Tsz Wai Rosita Pang
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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.



Kevin Danastas
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Kevin Danastas
PhD Candidate
Discipline of Anatomy and Histology
Anderson Stuart Building, University of Sydney
E: kdan6497@uni.sydney.edu.au

Kevin Danastas is a PhD candidate in the Cell and Reproductive Biology Laboratory. His research involves studying how fertility hormones affect VEGF during pregnancy and how this may contribute to lower implantation rates in IVF. He is also interested in the role VEGF plays in tumour growth and metastasis.



Sadaf Kalam
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Sadaf Kalam
PhD Candidate
Discipline of Anatomy and Histology
Anderson Stuart Building, University of Sydney
E: skal5494@uni.sydney.edu.au

Sadaf Kalam is a PhD candidate in the Cell and Reproductive Biology Laboratory. She is investigating the changes in plasma membrane dynamics in uterine epithelial cells and how it facilitates a successful implantation.


Miranda Mathews
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Miranda Mathews
PhD Candidate
Discipline of Biomedical Science
E: mmat7423@uni.sydney.edu.au

Miranda is a second year PhD candidate in the Sensory Systems and Integration Laboratory working under the supervision of Dr. Aaron Camp. Her project involves confirming the location as well as characterising the action potential and discharge properties of efferent vestibular neurons in the mouse brainstem.



Leyla Fouani

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Leyla Fouani
PhD Candidate
Discipline of Pathology
Blackburn Building, University of Sydney
E: lfou1788@uni.sydney.edu.au

Leyla Fouani is a PhD candidate in the Molecular Pharmacology and Pathology Program. Her research focus is on elucidating the molecular effects of the metastasis suppressor gene, NDRG1, in a variety of cancer types. She is also investigating whether she can exploit the advantageous anti-metastatic effects of NDRG1 through a new class of anti-cancer agents.


Hannah Glover

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Hannah Glover
Masters Student
Discipline of Physiology
Medical Foundation Building (K25), University of Sydney
E: hglo9597@uni.sydney.edu.au

Hannah is a second year Masters student working in the Embryonic Stem Cell Laboratory. She aims to understand the molecular mechanisms which controls early embryonic development. She is particularly interested in how L-Proline controls signalling pathway activity, and their influence on key cellular events such as differentiation, apoptosis, proliferation and changes in morphology.


Sharleen Menezes

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Sharleen Menezes
PhD Candidate
Discipline of Pathology
Blackburn Building, University of Sydney
E: smen1454@uni.sydney.edu.au

Sharleen Menezes is a PhD candidate in the Molecular Pharmacology and Pathology Program. Her research is focused on understanding key oncogenic signaling pathways involved in Pancreatic Cancer. She is also interested in the application of novel anti-cancer drugs that target cancer progression and metastasis.


Victoria Tung

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Victoria Tung
PhD Candidate
Discipline of Anatomy
Blackburn Building
University of Sydney
E: vtun4162@uni.sydney.edu.au

Victoria is a PhD candidate in the Sensory Systems and Integration Laboratory. She is interested in understanding how vestibular function contributes to our sense of balance, and is currently investigating the changes in balance performance and vestibular hair cell electrophysiology that arise during ageing.