Life in the Lab

Meet PhD student Ashley Ovens

Posted 08th August 2019

Ashley is a PhD student in our Metabollic Signalling Unit and his supervisor is Dr Jon Oakhill. A major focus of their research is investigating regulation of an enzyme called AMP-activated protein kinase (AMPK). Analogous to a car’s fuel gauge, AMPK detects when energy in the cell is low and co-ordinates multiple branches of metabolism (e.g. fat burning, protein synthesis, digestion of cellular components) to redress energy imbalance.

Meet PhD student Wilson Castillo

Posted 08th August 2019

Wilson is a PhD student in our Cancer & RNA Biology Lab, and his supervisor is Associate Professor, Carl Walkley. The group is interested in understanding the regulation of RNA and how this is important in normal development and cancer. It is now appreciated that RNA is actively regulated at many levels and this is important for the function both normal cells and in cancer.

Meet PhD student Martha Blank

Posted 08th August 2019

Martha is a PhD student in our Bone Cell Biology & Disease Unit. Her supervisor is SVI Deputy Director, Professor Natalie Sims. Bone is a surprisingly dynamic tissue, continually changing its shape and composition in response to physical exercise, diet and other factors. This is controlled by three cell types within the bone tissue – osteoblasts (that form bone), osteoclasts (that destroy bone) and osteocytes (a network of cells that signal to osteoblasts and osteoclasts). Their research is focussed on understanding the way these cells communicate with each other to control bone health.

Meet PhD student Vanessa Tsui

Posted 08th August 2019

Vanessa is a PhD student in our Genome Stability Unit and her supervisor is Dr Wayne Crismani. The group studies the mechanisms cells use to protect themselves from cancer-causing mutations. We study familial cancer syndromes that cause predisposition to breast/ovarian cancer, leukaemias and other solid tumours.

Women in Research 2017

Posted 14th May 2017

Happy Mother's Day! The children of SVI's Women in Research help celebrate Mother's Day.

Research - Andrew Deans - Fanconi Anaemia

Posted 19th December 2016

Dr Andrew Deans, Head Genome Stability Unit SVI
Victorian Cancer Agency (VCA) Mid Career Fellow
Research interests: Familial breast/ovarian cancer; Fanconi Anaemia; Bloom’s Syndrome; DNA damage signalling and repair; regulation of ubiquitination; roles of DNA damage response proteins during chemotherapy.
Read more about Andrew's most recent discovery here.

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