Yu-Kuan Huang, mentee in the 2018 MedTech-Pharma program in VIC The (University of Melbourne) (Image: Ms. Hsun Chiu – the Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre)

Tony received his Bachelor and Master of Science degrees at the National Tsing-Hua University, Taiwan in 2010 and 2012, respectively. After graduation, he worked at a pharmaceutical company in Taiwan as a scientist setting-up pre-clinical models and clinical detection methods for novel protein drugs.

In 2016, Tony started his PhD study at the University of Melbourne and the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre investigating the effect of tumour-associated macrophages on tumour cells and other immune cells in gastric cancer. With the recent advances in the exciting and ever growing immunotherapy field, a better understanding of these cells could further unleash the power of human immune system to fight cancer and bring health back to the individuals.

His research on characterising different macrophage populations in human is currently under revision in high impact factor journal and was presented at the European Congress of Immunology, 2018 in Amsterdam. He is now working on establishing cancer metastasis therapy models and would like to pursuit his career in MedTech-Pharma companies focusing on drug delivery and the development of novel therapeutic agents.