Travel awards honour Garvan researcher and support PhD students

Garvan congratulates PhD students Simon Hardwick and Deborah Burnett, the 2017 Stuart Furler Travel Award recipients.

Stephanie Furler, Ira Deveson (previous winner), Claire Vennin (previous winner), Judy Hennessy, Jill Hennessy, Paul Hennessy and Simon Hardwick (2017 winner). Absent: Deborah Burnett.

06 December 2017

The annual Stuart Furler Travel Awards have been awarded to Garvan PhD students Simon Hardwick and Deborah Burnett.

The Awards, presented to third-year PhD students at Garvan with outstanding research records and bright futures, provide $5000 to support travel to attend a major international conference, as well as to visit labs of potential collaborators. 

 For his PhD, Simon has developed a new technology based on synthetic human genome sequences called ‘Sequins’ to improve the accuracy and reliability of genomic analysis. Simon is also creating an atlas of non-protein-coding genes in different regions of the brain using sophisticated sequencing techniques.

Deborah, from the Immunogenomics Laboratory in Garvan’s Immunology Division, will use the award to attend a Keystone Conference, B Cells: Mechanisms in Immunity and Autoimmunity, in Germany in 2018.

Deborah’s PhD focuses on how the cells of the immune system, particularly B cells, recognise the body and so don’t attack, and how viruses mimic ‘self’ to avoid being detected by the immune system.

Stuart Furler was a highly respected scientist in Garvan’s Diabetes and Metabolism Division for 25 years before tragically passing away from pancreatic cancer in 2007. Mr and Mrs Paul and Judy Hennessy established the Travel Award in his memory, as a way of nurturing early career researchers. 

Watch Deborah's acceptance video message.