Congratulations to Inflammasome Lab PhD student, Caroline Holley, for winning the ATA Scientific Encouragement Award! Caroline’s project is focused on the inflammasome, which is a major driver of many neuro-inflammatory diseases (e.g. Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease). Caroline’s project aims to elucidate the role of mitochondria in inflammasome signalling, and use this knowledge to control inflammation in mouse models of neuro-inflammation. Eventually, Caroline hopes to apply her research to patients living with chronic inflammatory diseases.
In addition to her PhD lab work, Caroline is an active member of her student society’s executive, and has coordinated several career development and social events for her fellow PhD students this year.
Caroline plans to use her award to present her research next year at the Lorne Infection & Immunology Conference in Victoria, and the ASI Annual Scientific Meeting in Adelaide. She says “These conferences attract many domestic and international immunology heavyweights, and I’m so excited to broaden my network and collaborations. This will undoubtedly be invaluable for my post-PhD prospects, as I hope to secure a postdoctoral position in Germany after my thesis is accepted”.
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