4th LIMS Fellows Research Symposium

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La Trobe University

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The LIMS Fellows Society is pleased to announce the 4th LIMS Fellows Research Symposium. The Symposium will feature two keynote speakers and oral and poster presentations that highlight research accross the La Trobe Institute for Molecular Science, the Olivia Newton-John Cancer Research Institute and the Department of Physiology and Anatomy from students and post-docs. This is a great opportunity to present exciting work in a conference-like environment and network with peers.


Invited Speakers:

Dr Jaclyn Pearson (Hudson Institute of Medical Research)

Dr Pearson completed her PhD research in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at the University of Melbourne in 2013. She was awarded the Chancellor’s Prize and Dean’s Award for Excellence in a PhD Thesis in 2013, and in 2014 attained a NHMRC Early Career Fellowship (2015-2018). Here, she was appointed group leader for research on pathogenic E. coli within the Hartland Research Group at The Peter Doherty Institute where she continued her research to decipher the mechanisms by which gut pathogens cause disease and how the human host fights bacterial infections. In 2017, she was recruited to her current position at Hudson Institute of Medical Research.

The major focus of Dr Pearson’s research is understanding host programmed cell death signaling and inflammatory responses during bacterial gut infection. Dr Pearson will interrogate these mechanisms using the model organism Salmonella enterica serovar Typhimurium. Her research has uncovered highly novel mechanisms of immune evasion by bacterial pathogens, which has provided fundamental insights into how a host combats infection. Her work has been published in internationally renowned journals such as Nature, Nature Microbiology and PLoS Pathogens.

Dr Pearson has been the recipient of numerous awards including the inaugural Australian Society for Microbiology’s Jim Pittard Early Career Researcher Award (2016), the Victorian Premier’s Award for Health and Medical Research for which she was the first-ever female recipient (2014), and The Victoria Fellowship (2010). In 2014, she was also shortlisted for the Australian Museum Eureka Prize for Infectious Diseases Research along with her mentor Professor Elizabeth Hartland. Dr Pearson is an active member of local and national networks and committees that support the professional development of early and mid-career researchers and has had numerous invitations to deliver motivational talks to students and ECRs.


Dr Paul Beavis (Peter Maccallum Cancer Centre/VCCC)

Dr. Beavis completed his PhD at Imperial College London in 2010 and joined Peter Mac shortly thereafter to work in the Cancer Immunology Program. Since his recruitment to Peter Mac, Dr. Beavis has established a vibrant program of research focussing on the molecular and biological processes involved in tumour-induced immunosuppression, in particular the role of CD73 and adenosine receptor signalling. He also has a significant interest in developing novel CAR T cell technology to enhance their effectiveness in solid cancer. He is a fundamental cancer researcher and immunologist but his work clearly has a strong translational focus and his collaborative research studies with industry partners and with internal collaborators such as Prof. Sherene Loi have provided the foundation for clinical application of his work. Paul holds a career development fellowship from the NBCF and an NHMRC Project Grant as CIA and his team consists of himself, a post-doctoral researcher, two research assistants and two PhD students.

The Beavis laboratory has a focus on developing novel immune-based therapies for Cancer. They employ innovative approaches and technologies to enhance the effectiveness of both conventional immunotherapies and chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) T cells in the treatment of solid cancers such as breast cancer and melanoma.


Abstract registration:

All postdocs and PhD students are encouraged to submit an abstract for a talk and/or poster presentation.

Abstract submissions for oral presentations are now open, talks will either be 15 or 3 minutes (deadline: midnight 3rd November 2019). A cash prize will be awarded for the best selected talk (15 mins), lightning talk (3 mins) and best poster.

Submit abstract here.


Dietary requirements:

Please let us know prior to November 6th (LIMS.Fellows@latrobe.edu.au)


Proudly sponsored by:

School of Molecular Sciences, Thermo Fisher Scientific, AbacusDX, Illumina, Millennium Science.


Organising sub-committee:

Amy Baxter
Apoptotic Cell Disassembly and Clearance Laboratory, LIMS

Rochelle Tixeira
Apoptotic Cell Disassembly and Clearance Laboratory, LIMS

Andrew Farrell
Cancer Biology, Cell Polarity and Tissue Architecture Laboratory, LIMS

Marta Portela Esteban
Cell Polarity and Signalling Laboratory, LIMS

Donna Whelan
Pharmacy & Biomedical Sciences, LIMS Bendigo

Pamali Fonseka
Exosomes, Secretome and Systems Biology Laboratory, LIMS

Laura Osellame
Therapeutic Antibodies Against Cachexia Laboratory, LIMS

Georgina Armendariz-Vidales
Electrochemistry, Photochemistry, Chemical Sensing and Biosensing Laboratory, LIMS

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Hoogenraad Lecture Theatre

LIMS1 Building

La Trobe University

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