(L-R) Dr Mark Cowley, Dr Cindy Ma and Dr Joanne Reed
23 December 2016
The Garvan Institute of Medical Research congratulates Dr Mark Cowley, Dr Cindy Ma and Dr Joanne Reed, who have all been awarded three-year Fellowships through the NSW Health Early-Mid Career Fellowship Scheme. The Fellowship Scheme, which was launched this year, awarded 20 Fellowships in total across the state.
For Drs Cowley, Ma and Reed, the Fellowship provides an opportunity to extend upon their existing research program and take it in new, clinically focused directions.
- Dr Cowley (Team Leader, Translational Genomics, Kinghorn Centre for Clinical Genomics) will use his Fellowship to develop state-of-the-art bioinformatic approaches to glean new layers of information from an individual’s genome sequence. Ultimately this work will improve health outcomes for patients with genetic conditions, through comprehensive characterisation of individual genomes across the entire spectrum of genomic variation.
- Dr Ma (Group Leader, Human Immune Disorders, Immunology Division) will investigate patients with primary immunodeficiencies (genetic diseases in which immune function is impaired). She will carry out whole genome sequencing and analysis, and investigate patients’ immune cells, with the aim of identifying which gene variants drive disease, and how this compromises immune function in these individuals. Her work will pave the way for more personalised treatment options for patients with primary immunodeficiency.
- Dr Reed (Senior Research Officer, Immunogenomics Lab, Immunology Division) will investigate autoantibodies (antibodies produced by the immune system that attack the body’s own tissues). Focusing on patients with Sjögren’s syndrome and systemic lupus erythematosus, Dr Reed will use cutting-edge single-cell techniques and high-throughput sequencing to characterise autoantibodies and the immune cells that produce them. Her work will explore whether this information can help predict the severity of disease symptoms for individuals with autoimmune disease.
Through the Fellowships, each researcher will receive a contribution to salary over a three-year period, along with a one-off sum to support research costs, publication costs and professional development over the course of the Fellowship.
More information about the NSW Health Early-Mid Career Fellowship Scheme is available here.