Josephine Hinneh, mentee 2020-21 program in SA (University of Adelaide).

I am Josephine Ataa Hinneh, a current PhD student under a jointly awarded degree between The University of Adelaide (host institution) and Nagoya University (sister university) and I am currently in my third year. My research focuses on identifying effective combination treatment options for the management of advanced prostate cancer, which is currently incurable.

I hold a Bachelor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Ghana and I am a registered pharmacist by profession. I graduated as one of the best students and went ahead to win the overall best student during a professional qualifying examination. Right after my undergraduate degree, I worked as a research assistant for one year, and this experience coupled with my encounter with breast cancer patients during my clinical rotation in my undergraduate years, stimulated me to ask questions which I thought would be best answered through research. I then began my research journey by obtaining a master’s degree in Immunology from Mie University in Japan, where I took on the job of a research assistant for 2 years. My outstanding performance won me the enviable position of the best graduating master’s student. I have also practiced as a community Pharmacist for two years and had a one month internship opportunity with the pharmaceutical company, Merck Serono, in Darmstadt Germany.

Through my career, I hope to spearhead the discovery and development of novel pharmaceutical products germane to cancer treatment.

When I am not caught up in my academic work, I love to cook, go sightseeing and spend quality time with family and friends.

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