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ASBMB 2010 Award Winners

The Australian Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (ASBMB) has announced the following 2010 award winners from the Monash University Dept of Biochem and Molecular Biology:

Kwok Soon Wun

Mr Kwok Soon Wun -  ASBMB FELLOWSHIP

ASBMB Fellowships are awarded annually to early career researchers, in recognition of their outstanding work in an area of biochemistry or molecular biology.

Wun is a final-year PhD student under the supervision of Prof. Jamie Rossjohn and is conducting research on the topic of Natural Killer T-cell (NKT) and CD1d-glycolipids recognition. The NKT cells are implicated in immune responses such as tumour surveillance, inflammation and autoimmunity. Wun has been using X-ray crystallography to gain a structural understanding of how the NKT T-cell receptor recognises different immune stimulating glycolipids that are presented by the MHC class I like molecule, CD1d. 
Wun will be using this award to attend an overseas conference and also to visit potential laboratories for his postdoctoral research.

Janet Macaulay

Dr Janet Macaulay - Invitrogen Education Award 2010

The ASBMB Invitrogen Education Award is awarded annually to a biochemist or molecular biologist, in recognition of outstanding contributions to education in biochemistry or molecular biology in Australia, with a special focus on innovation and creativity.

Dr Macaulay will use the Award funding to attend the International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching & Learning (ISSOTL) 2010 conference to be held in Liverpool, UK, October 19-22, 2010. The aims of ISSOTL are to foster inquiry and disseminate findings about what improves and articulates post-secondary learning and teaching. Attendance at the conference will enhance Dr Macaulay's teaching practice and her research into teaching and learning. She also intends to visit several UK institutions with strong bioscience education research and development units. 
Dr Macaulay's report of the ISSOTL conference will be published in the Australian Biochemist. She will also present her work at the Annual Conference of the ASBMB.

Natalie Borg

Dr. Natalie Borg - Applied Biosystems Edman Award

The Applied Biosystems Edman Award is awarded to a biochemist or molecular biologist with no more than 7 years postdoctoral experience, in recognition of their outstanding research work.

Dr. Borg’s research is focused on how the anti-viral immune response is regulated by host cell proteins and how this process is manipulated by viruses like influenza A to bypass immune detection and enhance their own survival.

Dr. Borg will use the Applied Biosystems Edman Award to visit the laboratory of Professor Vishva Dixit at Genentech in California. Dr Borg stated that “Professor Dixit is an outstanding scientist and leader in this research field and also a wonderful inspiration. During my stay I will learn new research techniques and skills that can be used in my own lab to tackle fundamental research questions.”