Mater early career researcher secures prestigious travel award

Friday 27 July 2018

Dr Ran Wang, a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Immunopathology Group at Mater Research has received a prestigious postdoctoral travel award from the Australasian Society for Immunology (ASI). 

The travel award enabled Dr Wang to travel to Greece in June to attend the 15th International Conference on Innate immunity at which she was selected to give an oral presentation on her research relating to respiratory viral infection. 

The conference brought together scientists from all over the world to discuss their latest findings on innate immunity. Dr Wang’s research focuses on diseases that arise as a result of inflammation or infection in the gut and lungs. She has a particular interest in understanding why inflammation happens, and what happens to the surrounding tissues.

“As part of the conference I received feedback on my work at a critical stage in my career from the esteemed scientists at the conference. The scientific discussion at the conference also stimulated new ideas for future research.” Dr Wang said.

Dr Wang has also been selected as a finalist for the Young Investigator Award at the Australian Gastroenterology Week being held at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre in September.
The purpose of the Young Investigator Awards is to promote research training by rewarding excellence in researchers in the early stages of their independent research activities.

Dr Wang will be presenting her work on how gut bacteria shapes our immune system.