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I am the Laboratory Head of the Liver Disease and Regeneration Group in the School of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences, Curtin Health Innovation Research Institute at Curtin University in Perth.
My group's research mainly focuses on the role of liver progenitor cells during chronic liver disease, regeneration, fibrosis and cancer, with particular interest in the cellular cytokine and chemokine crosstalk to other hepatic cell types that regulates these processes.
I was elected to serve as Executive Director on the Board of the Gastroenterological Society of Australia (GESA) and am the current Chair of the GESA Grants and Research Committee (term 2019-2021).
I was selected as a member of the 4th cohort of HOMEWARD BOUND, a global leadership initiative for women in STEMM. Homeward Bound aims to build a network of 1000 passionate women who strive for leadership built on diversity, inclusion, collaboration and legacy. At the end of 2019, I was part of the largest-ever all-female expedition to Antarctica, which involved 112 women from almost 40 countries.
To foster the new generation of cancer researchers, I established the LIONS-LOTUS PHD SCHOLARSHIP Program in partnership with the Lions Cancer Institute for outstanding PhD candidates with an interest in liver cancer research (https://alumniandgive.curtin.edu.au/giving-to-curtin/where-to-give/lions-lotus-phd-scholarship/).
I recently also established the Curtin University PEONY PHD SCHOLARSHIP dedicated to pancreatic cancer research, in memory of my late mother-in-law. Please contact Ms Fabienne Vonarburg if you are interested to support the LIONS-LOTUS or PEONY PHD SCHOLARSHIPS. (email@example.com).