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Joanne Gardner – PhD student, Biomedical Sciences, Curtin University

Joanne Gardner – PhD student, Biomedical Sciences, Curtin University


Hi I’m Joanne Gardner, I’m from Perth and
I’m making tomorrow better by undertaking a PhD research project at Curtin University
which aims to increase the understanding of immune responses in elderly cancer clients. Through my research I’m hoping to help assist
in the design of more effective therapies for elderly cancer clients which will hopefully
contribute to increased survival rates and an improved quality of life. I chose to complete my research thesis at
Curtin because they have outstanding research facilities. This includes the $35 million
dollar CHIRI biosciences research precinct which provides me with access to some of Western
Australia’s leading bio medical scientists and researchers who are all easily accessible
in one central location. It is a state of the art facility, equipped
with cutting edge instrumentation. For example the live cell confocal microscope allows me
to perform high resolution imaging and study the function of the cells I am interested
in. Another great benefit has been my supervisors
at Curtin. They’ve been supportive mentors. They are extremely knowledgeable in their
fields of research, are dedicated to their students and always willing to offer encouragement
and guidance. If you have a passion for research and want
to make important bio medical discoveries consider completing a PhD at Curtin University.

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