This year AITHM researcher Dr Sandip Kamath and College of Medicine & Dentistry Senior Lecturer Dr Alex Trollope will be giving TED talks on their current research.
Dr Sandip Kamath – AITHM NHMRC Research Fellow is one of the Australian Institute of Tropical Health and Medicine’s (AITHM) key researchers working in the field of allergy. His work focuses on identifying novel methods to understand allergenic proteins to help reduce food allergies in humans. From an early age, Dr Kamath had a deep fascination with science. A school lecture on how genes translated to proteins resulted in his passion for biotech research, with a focus on translational mechanisms. He also had a strong desire to see his work help people.
After graduating in Pharmaceutical Sciences from the University of Mumbai, and a year working for a pharma consultancy, Dr Kamath moved to Australia in 2006 to complete a Masters in Biotechnology at RMIT. He later joined Professor Andreas Lopata at JCU in Townsville to establish the Molecular Immunology Research Group in the College of Public Health, Medical and Veterinary Sciences. Dr Kamath joined AITHM as a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow in 2015 where he has developed collaborations with institutes in Norway and Canada. In 2016 he was awarded an NHMRC Fellowship to continue his work.
Dr Alexandra Trollope was awarded her PhD in 2008 in Molecular Biology at the University of Portsmouth, School of Biological Sciences, UK. The first research position she held was with Prof. Jon Golledge, the Director of the Queensland Research Centre for Peripheral Vascular Disease (QRCPVD) as a Research Associate working on Abdominal Aortic Aneurysms (AAA) from 2009-2010. She then worked at Bristol University (UK) as a Research Associate with Prof. Hans Reul, the Head of the Neuro-Epigenetics Research group, investigating how epigenetics effects stress-related learning and memory (2010-2013).
Dr Trollope's research has always focused on epigenetics, specifically stress-related learning and memory and peripheral vascular disease (PVD). Epigenetics is at the forefront of modern science and is an extremely exciting field of research with the potential for diagnostic and therapeutic treatment of disease. One of her current projects is focused on therapeutic treatment of stroke and the role that epigenetics plays in recovery, in collaboration with colleagues in the QRC-PVD and the University of Melbourne.