Speaker: Dr Linlin Ma, Lecturer and Senior Researcher, College of Medicine and Public Health, Flinders University
Title: Two Ion Channel Stories
Chair: Dr Mahnaz Ramezanpour, Postdoctoral Researcher, ENT Surgery, The University of Adelaide, Discipline of Surgery. Level 1 BHI, TQEH.
Speaker Biography: Dr Linlin Ma obtained her Medical degree at Harbin Medical University in China, after which she pursued a career in science and received her MSc degree in Medical Genetics at the same university. Supported by International Postgraduate Research Scholarships (IPRS) from Australian government, she then came to Australia and got her PhD degree in Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences at UniSA, working on human chloride channels with Professor Allan Bretag at the University of South Australia and A/Professor Grigori Rychkov at The University of Adelaide. As an early career researcher, Linlin was awarded an NHMRC CJ Martin Early Career Fellowship in 2012, which enabled her to work at the University of California, Davis before returned back to the University of Queensland in 2014 to finish the second half of her fellowship. She started her own lab at Flinders University last year. Her research interests lie in the gating regulations of ion channels in physiological and pathological settings, and how malfunction of ion channels causes diseases. She is also interested in identifying new ion channel modifiers from natural resources and developing the good ones into drug leads.