C-MMR research students bound for Harvard
Two of our completing PhD students have taken up postdoctoral positions at the prestigious Harvard University. This is a testament to their hard work and talent, as well as the world-class projects they have undertaken with their supervisors.
Dr Dongxi Xiang is at Harvard Medical School furthering his research into cancer stem cells. Daniel Fraher is employed as a postdoctoral fellow in the Cardiovascular Research Center at Harvard/Massachusetts General Hospital. There he will continue to work with zebrafish as a model organism, moving his focus to heart development, particularly the underlying genetic causes of mitral valve prolapse.
Cancer, infectious diseases, diabetes and obesity can have devastating impacts on the individuals affected as well as the community as a whole. Our research aims to confront these diseases head-on to reduce this impact.
Director of C-MMR
Researching the modern diet
Researching the modern diet and fermentable fibre
Associate Professor Peter Vuillermin leads the Barwon Infant Study (BIS). BIS is a population-derived birth cohort designed to investigate the early life origins of a range of non-communicable diseases in the modern world.
The study will provide the first systematic investigation of the hypotheses that the epidemic of allergic disease and asthma in many parts of the world relates to the paucity of fermentable fibre in the modern diet.
A world-class multidisciplinary team has been assembled to conduct this investigation. BIS has been awarded over $4 million in competitive grants, including six NHMRC Project Grants and one NHMRC Partnership Grant.