Bio-Techne’s Go Everywhere Travel Grant Program awards $1000 USD (or equivalent) to one researcher each month to attend the meeting of their choice. This grant program allows the researcher to attend more targeted meetings in their field and provides funding to support both small and large scientific associations that promote discovery and collaboration.
The recipient of the October 2018 grant is Lahiru Gangoda, an Honorary Research Fellow in the Biochemistry and Genetics department at La Trobe University in Melbourne, Australia!
Lahiru has chosen to apply the grant to attend the Lorne Cancer Conference 2019 in Lorne, Australia on February 14 -16, 2019.
She is conducting her current research in the lab of A/Prof. Marco Herold at Walter and Eliza Hall Institute. Her current research focuses on understanding the role of anti-apoptotic proteins in cancer and inflammation with a particular a particular interest in the A1 protein. Dr. Gangoda uses several primary antibodies from both Novus Biologicals and R&D Systems in her research.
Lahiru Gangoda, an Honorary Research Fellow in the Biochemistry and Genetics department at La Trobe University in Melbourne, Australia is the October 2018 recipient of the Bio-Techne Go Everywhere Travel Grant.
Dr. Gangoda obtained her PhD from La Trobe University, Australia in 2014. Her PhD research was based on mouse tumor models and investigated the role of BIM as a tumor suppressor in Carney complex. Following her PhD she joined Prof. Suresh Mathivanan lab in 2014 and was conducting research on overcoming chemotherapeutic drug resistance in colorectal cancer.
Dr. Gangoda’s current research in the Herold lab involves understanding the role of A1 protein in melanoma cell survival and resistance to chemotherapy. The Herold lab has generated a CRISPR mediated A1 knockout mouse which is been used for in vivo studies. Besides the role of A1 in cancer, Dr. Gangoda is also investigating its role in inflammation using model of lung inflammation that mimics asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Dr. Gangoda hopes to present her work at the 14th World Congress on Inflammation, Sydney 2019.
Bio-Techne and our brands are proud to support Lahiru’s work and the work of the many researchers that have applied to our travel grant program so far this year. If you are interested in applying for any of our travel grants, please go to www.rndsystems.com/travel.