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Michelle Dunstone - Proud Recipient of the Vice Chancellor's Award

michelle dunstone

26 August 2009

Congratulations are extended to Dr Michelle Dunstone, who has received the prestigious Vice-Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Research.

Dr Dunstone's work focuses upon Membrane Attack Complex / Perforin (MACPF)-like proteins, a family of proteins that perform key roles in human immunity, including elimination of bacterial pathogens, virally infected cells and pre-cancerous cells. Recently, Dr Dunstone's research revealed the unexpected finding that MACPF proteins are distantly related to a lethal family of toxins more generally associated with and produced by bacteria that cause diseases such as listeriosis and anthrax. This discovery provided long-sought after insight into the shape and mechanism of function of the MACPF family.

The Vice-Chancellor's Awards for Excellence in Research are designed to recognise, reward and encourage excellent early career researchers at the University. Dr Dunstone demonstrated that she has achieved the highest level of sustained excellence in research. The award is based on research achievements over the last five years. Each award consists of a medallion and a grant of $10,000 to be used at the discretion of the award winner to further his or her research interests.

When asked for her thoughts on the honours bestowed on her, Dr Dunstone stated:

"As an early career researcher I am honoured to receive this award from Monash University. I would like to thank the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology for encouraging and supporting me to take the step (or leap!) into independence which has played a critical role in winning this award."

Link to article: Michelle Dunstone - Young Tall Poppy Science Award 2009