27 Apr 2014

PhD news

PhD profile: Nicholas Lam on how to regrow damaged heart muscle

Nicholas Lam
Nick Lam has just completed his PhD thesis, which was investigating regrowing damaged hearts with muscle, instead of the body's own process of filling holes with scar tissue, the physiological equivalent of polyfilla. The title of his PhD is “Cardiac regeneration: effective nerve growth factor”. Basically it’s about the effect of a protein, called 'nerve growth factor', on a damaged heart. Nick was based in the Heart Failure Research Group at Baker IDI with one of his supervisors, Professor David Kaye. His other supervisor was Professor Nadia Rosenthal from Monash University. For more, see his profile.

Our PhD students volunteer for 29 April Day of Immunology activities with high school students

This year, four PhD students from the CCS Department of Immunology have volunteered for the task of demonstrating at the Day of Immunology presentations held at the Gene Technology Access Centre on Monday 29 April . We would like to thank Maria Demaria, Jodie Abramovitch, Tim Gottschalk and Erika Duan for their generous gift of time, expertise and enthusiasm. Hopefully these high school students will be enraptured by immunology and elect to study with us!
Photo: Sir Gus Nossal speaking with characteristic enthusiasm on a previous Day of Immunology event.