Shivani Sachdev, mentee in the 2018 MedTech-Pharma program in NSW (Macquarie University)

Shivani Sachdev was awarded a Master of Research (Biomedical Science) in 2017 at the Macquarie University, Australia. She is currently undertaking a PhD entitled Cannabinoid receptor pharmacology at molecular level in the laboratory of Professor Mark Connor, Macquarie University. Her research studies are supported by an Australian Government Research Excellence Scholarship.

Shivani’s research has two broad aims. Firstly, she is investigating the potential molecular mechanisms underlying the effect of synthetic cannabinoids new psychoactive substances on the cannabinoid receptor activation. Secondly, she is working to understand the functional activity of well-known phytocannabinoid, CBD, on the cannabinoid receptor, which may explain its anti-psychotic, and anti-epileptic effects. She mainly utilizes pharmacological, biochemical, and high-throughput screening techniques for the characterisation of cannabinoids.

In 2018, she participated in the IMNIS Med-Tech/Pharma program and is paired with Dr. Brad Walsh. She believes that mentoring is very valuable way to prepare PhD researchers to experience a broader range of (research and non-research) skills, to face challenges head on, and expand networks beyond academia.

What was the most rewarding aspect of the IMNIS program for you?

Throughout my one year in program, I learnt to come out of my comfort zone and put myself out there to great opportunities and that’s a big deal for me. I was blown away by Brad’s willingness to offer guidance and insight into industry, and advice on developing a resume and tips to ace the interview has been invaluable.

Would you recommend participating in the IMNIS program to your peers?

Absolutely! I cannot recommend this program enough as the components of the program will undoubtedly benefit you in the future.

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