IMNIS REDI Connect Program Selects New Mentees

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13 September 2021

Ten outstanding PhD students in the job growth areas of regenerative medicine, gene and cell therapy and digital health technologies will be mentored by high-calibre experts to develop their career pathways.

The REDI Connect program with Industry Mentoring Network in STEM (IMNIS) program from the Academy of Technology and Engineering (ATSE), is nurturing a skilled future workforce in the health and medical research sector through the Researcher Exchange and Development in Industry (REDI) initiative.

Congratulations to the ten REDI mentees selected to be part of the 2021-2022 program:

Pia Campagna - a PhD candidate within the Department of Neuroscience at Monash University’s Central Clinical School investigating the relationship between clinical, genomic and environmental factors in multiple sclerosis

Jack Chan - a PhD candidate at the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre and the University of Melbourne focused on improving chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) T cell therapy by enhancing T cell stemness and persistence.

Silvia Cometta - a PhD candidate at the Queensland University of Technology (QUT) working on the development of antibacterial coatings for 3D printed biomaterial implants for breast reconstruction.

Elizabeth Footner - a PhD candidate with RMIT University investigating skin engineering and exploring ways to biofabricate human skin in a laboratory dish

Bill Harley - a PhD candidate at the University of Melbourne researching advanced biofabrication strategies of 3D bioprinting, microfluidics and ultrasonic cellular patterning for use in tissue engineering and regenerative medicine

Rebecca Hermon
 - a PhD candidate at Flinders University investigating information-flow within healthcare

Yuqing Mu - a PhD candidate at the Centre for Biomedical Technologies (CBT), Queensland University of Technology (QUT) researching the impact of inorganic ions on bone modelling/remodeling process, and how it inspires future inorganic biomaterial design for bone regeneration

Fiza Mighal - a PhD candidate at the University of Technology Sydney (UTS) in Machine Learning, investigating the use of mobile apps, machine learning and smart devices – particularly fitness trackers, to evaluate user mental health.

Kallyanashis Paul - a PhD student at Monash University focused in the Women’s Health project for developing a novel technology for treating Pelvic Organ Prolapse (POP) to replace banned transvaginal mesh

Dion Turner - a PhD student at The University of Adelaide whose research involves the development of a small-molecule drug with an inherent ability to target tissues under oxidative stress

Read more about how the group is advancing medical research in new fields of endeavour at IMNIS website