- "Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much."
- Helen Keller
Samantha's work has been recognized by numerous awards .
Australian Federation of Graduate Women Fellow 2014, Translational Cancer Research Network, PhD Top-up award 2013, UTS Student Winner at the UniQuest Trailblazer Competition 2012, UTS Best Pitch Winner at the UniQuest Trailblazer Competition 2012, Northern Translational Cancer Research Unit Scholar Award 2012, Best Junior Poster Award, Kolling Scientific Research Meeting (SRM) 2012. Dean’s Merit List for excellence in research 2012, UTS.
PhD Student & TCRN funded scholar
Fiona graduated with a Bachelor in Forensic Science at Bond University. In May, 2017, she joined the Tran Lab as an Honorary Research Associate. Her research explores the application of saliva-based small RNA biomarkers in head and neck squamous cell carcinomas. Fiona loves animals and has a pet bird and a dog called Dobby!
PhD Student & RTS Scholar
Dayna graduated with a Bachelor in Forensic Biology and Biomedical science from the University of Technology Sydney in 2016. Dayna joined the team in 2017 and is currently working on a project which explores the association between HPV16 and the expression of non-coding RNAs, such as miRNAs, in oral cancers. Dayna enjoys a good painting and chilling out in the mountains...woohoo!
William graduated from the College of Traditional Chinese medicine, UTS with the bachelor degree of Health Science in Traditional Chinese medicine in 2016. Currently, he is engaging in a PhD study with Dr Sean Walsh , on the topic of "The effect of Chinese herbal medicine compounds on non-coding RNAs expression and the immune response to cancer: a transcriptome analysis"
PhD Student & Australian RTS Scholar
Meredith graduated with a Bachelor of Forensic Biology in Biomedical Science from the University of Technology, Sydney in 2016. During her honours year, Meredith developed an interest in the dysregulation of cellular processes which result in disease, with a particular interest in miRNA to miRNA regulation. Meredith is a huge star wars fans and is also a hot chocolate connoisseur!
Capstone Research and Biomedical Engineering student
Bella is a final year Biomed engineering student whose will spend a year in our lab as Capstone Research project.
Pamela Ajuyah PhD
Pamela started her PhD in 2012 having just finished her honors at The University of Sydney. She graduated with first class honors and was awarded a Australian Postgraduate Award to pursue a PhD in miRNAs. Pamela's interest in small RNAs started in undergraduate studies when she was awarded two University of Sydney Summer scholarships (2009, 2010). This allowed her to work in research labs focusing on miRNA themes. Her project was centered on the role of two miRNAs and their co-operative regulation to a tumor suppressor gene important in head and neck cancers.
In 2012, Pam was awarded a EMBL travel scholarship to attend and present her work at the 2012 PhD symposium in Heidelberg Germany. In 2013 , she was awarded the BioInfoSummer travel grant, Translational Cancer Research Network travel scholarship, UKRNA and the Lorne Genome student travel bursaries. She is also the recipient of the TCRN PhD Top-up award. Pamela was awarded her PhD in early 2017.
Leonie Herson Masters Student
Leonie graduated with a Bachelor of Medical Science in 2015; during which she completed an undergraduate project under the joint supervision of Prof. Stella Valenzuela and Dr. Bruce Cornell at Surgical Diagnostics where she learned how to develop and utilize artificial lipid bilayer membranes as well as create 3D lipid models.
It was at the same time that she also commenced her studies in 2D and 3D animation, where she learned how to use professional animation software such as Maya, leading to an interest in biomedical animation. Leonie is also an experienced freelance Scientific Illustrator and has recently won an award for her work in the annual VizbiPlus Challenge competition. Leonie is a collaborative student from the Valenzuela lab from School of Life Sciences, UTS.
H2020-MSCA-RISE-2016. Marie Skłodowska-Curie Research and Innovation Staff Exchange.
Proposal number: 734790
Targeting the Tumor Immune Microenvironment to Enhance Immune-stimulating Effects of Chemoradiotherapy
Early Investigator - Idea Award
Prostate Cancer Research Program
CDMRP Number: PC100037.