Dr Stephen Kao receives a Dean’s Commendation for Doctoral Thesis Excellence

October 29, 2020

Dr Stephen Kao (second from right in photo) completed his PhD in ENT Surgery under the supervision of Associate Professor Alkis Psaltis and Dr Mahnaz Ramezanpour. His PhD thesis “Nasal mucus: friend or foe? The effect of mucus on mucosal barrier dysfunction in chronic rhinosinusitis” has just been conferred by The University of Adelaide and he also received a Dean’s Commendation for Doctoral Thesis Excellence. Stephen was supported by three scholarships, a Research Training Program Stipend and Bertha Sudholz Research Scholarship from The University of Adelaide and an Academic Surgeon Scientist Research Scholarship from The Garnett Passe and Rodney Williams Memorial Foundation. He is currently working as an ENT registrar at the Women’s and Children’s Hospital in North Adelaide. Stephen writes “The BHI has been an amazing, supportive and friendly environment for me to cultivate and enhance my knowledge on snot. A runny nose is snot a laughing matter!” [photo: TQEH Research Expo 2018. L-R: Chair Dr Tania Crotti with presenters in the Junior PhD student (Laboratory) session Dr Michael Gouzos, Dr Giri Krishnan, Dr Stephen Kao, and Dr Maryam Nakhjavani].

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