Oishee Chatterjee, mentee in the 2018 MedTech-Pharma program in QLD (the University of Queensland)

Oishee was awarded with a Scholarship for Higher Education (SHE) in 2012 for her excellent results in the Senior School examination after which she graduated with her Bachelor of Technology in Biotechnology from Vellore Institute of Technology, India in 2016. During her bachelor’s she was the recipient of two international scholarships to work on few research projects at The University of Queensland (UQ); one of which was also her Honours thesis. She then decided to pursue her fully funded Doctoral research at QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute in 2017 and now is in her final year.

Oishee’s work focuses on “Personalised Medicine” where she finds novel genes that are associated with breast cancer metastasis and survival. Her project aims at identifying new biomarkers and drug targets by conducting high-throughput in vitro assays.

Oishee is an enthusiastic science communicator and has participated in various conferences and competitions. Recently she was the Finalist at UQ Faculty of Medicine 3MT (3-Minute-Thesis) Faculty Finals. She was one of the successful participants of EMBL Australia PhD Course 2018. Oishee also enjoys teaching and has tutored undergraduates at UQ for two courses (Biochemistry & Molecular Biology and Genetics).

Oishee believes IMNIS is a platform to not only receive outstanding mentoring, but to network with STEM researchers and industry leaders. She feels one day she will be able to make a difference to society and help bridge the gap between industry and academia.

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