Congratulations to our 2021 MJ Gething Award winners

Launched in 2019, the MJ Gething Equity Award supports young researchers working in the biomedical sciences - with a focus on promoting gender equality and opportunities for female scientists.

Please join us in congratulating the nine Early Career Researchers who have received the Award this year: is a Postdoctoral Researcher focusing on creating more complex pluripotent stem cell-derived models of neurodegeneration, including organoid and co-culturing methods with the aim of investigating the role of inflammation and amyloidosis in the onset and progression of various neurodegenerative disorders.

  Dr Alice McGovern is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow. Her research focuses on basic scientific developments in the field of respiratory neuroscience and the important role the nervous system plays in modulating respiratory tract infections. Department of Anatomy & Physiology
  Dr Magdalene Montgomery is Head of the Metabolic Tissue Cross-Talk Laboratory and NHMRC CDF Fellow. She has developed a discovery platform assessing liver-secreted proteins in human patients with varying stages of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NALFD) to identify new therapeutic targets for NAFLD and advanced liver fibrosis. Department of Anatomy & Physiology
  Dr Kate Murphy is a Senior Research Fellow. She is investigating conditions associated with muscle wasting such as cancer, ageing, injury and the muscular diseases. Her aim is to determine mechanisms causing wasting and weakness and to identify and test new therapies, with the overall goal of improving the life of affected patients. Department of Anatomy & Physiology
  Dr Kristy Swiderski is a Postdoctoral Fellow and Research Scientist investigating the mechanisms regulating skeletal muscle mass within the Centre for Muscle Research. Department of Anatomy & Physiology
  Dr Grace Lidgerwood is a Postdoctoral Researcher focusing focusses on creating more complex hPSC-derived models of neurodegeneration, including organoid and co-culturing methods, bioengineered matrices and 3D printing. Department of Anatomy & Physiology
  Dr Diana Stojanovski is a Senior Lecturer and Head of the Stojanovski Lab and is working as part of a global effort to understand the inner workings of one of the cells most intriguing and important organelles, the Mitochondrion. Department of Biochemistry & Pharmacology
  Dr Lynette Beattie is a Research Officer and Immunologist. Her research is focused on a very specialised cell type and its immune responses to malaria. Department of Microbiology & Immunology
  Dr Nicole Shingles (née Wiedmann) is a Postdoctoral Fellow.  Nicole's research focuses on  focuses on the neural innervation of the lower urinary tract, defining the neuroanatomical connections through immunohistological staining, complex imaging techniques, behavioural assays, and neural tracing. Department of Anatomy & Physiology
  Dr Elena Schneider-Futschik is  a Senior Research Fellow and Head of the Elena Schneider-Futschik Laboratory. Her research is focused on the treatment and management of cystic fibrosis and other respiratory diseases. Department of Biochemistry & Pharmacology

Professor Emeritus Mary-Jane H. Gething was the Founder of the Gething-Sambrook Family Foundation, which has made this award possible. Mary-Jane is a passionate supporter of and advocate for young female researchers working in the biomedical sciences.

About the MJ Gething Equity Award

The Award program is open throughout the year with applications closing on 30 November 2021.

Grants of up to $5,000 are available to support early career researchers with significant caring responsibilities to maintain research momentum or build their research profile.

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