Abhirami Venugopal, mentee in the 2020-21 program in VIC (Deakin University).

Abhi Venugopal is a third year PhD student at Deakin University working on the translational research side of the NABNEC study, a nationwide phase II clinical trial. Her research focuses on identification and characterization of biomarkers for high grade neuroendocrine tumours (NETs). She utilises NET patient samples to study the cellular and molecular basis of neuroendocrine cancer, leading to biomarkers for tumour stratification. She has presented her work at various scientific conferences like AGITG, ASMR, APNETS. Abhi’s academic interest is to investigate the basis of diseases, contributing to the knowledge in the field and/or taking a step forward towards potential treatment/ improved diagnostics.

Abhi graduated with a MSc in molecular genetics from the University of Leicester, UK in 2013. Her MSc research thesis was targeting Kynurenine pathway genes as modifiers of age of onset in Huntington’s Disease. She then worked in ophthalmic cancer research for 3 years in India, projects focusing on retinoblastoma and HIV induced retinal inflammation. She then moved to Melbourne and started off as a casual academic at Deakin, teaching genetics and molecular biology associated lab sessions for undergrads before commencing her PhD with full scholarship in 2018.

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