Speaker: Dr Eugene Roscioli, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, The Chronic Inflammatory Lung Disease Research Laboratory, Department of Thoracic Medicine, The Royal Adelaide Hospital and Adjunct Lecturer, Adelaide Medical School, University of Adelaide.
Title: Zinc Homeostasis in Airway Epithelial Cells as a Fundamental Contributor to Dysregulated Autophagy in COPD
Chair: Dr Peter Zalewski, Senior Medical Scientist, Translational Vascular Function Research Collaborative, Basil Hetzel Institute and University of Adelaide. Located Level 2 BHI, TQEH. [email protected]
Speaker biography: Dr Roscioli completed a PhD at the Basil Hetzel Institute in 2014 on apoptosis regulators as therapeutic targets in asthma. He is currently a Postdoctoral Research Fellow/Laboratory Manager at the Chronic Inflammatory Lung Disease Research Laboratory (Royal Adelaide Hospital/ University of Adelaide), where the primary focus of his research is on the role of altered autophagy in the pathogenesis of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). He was awarded the AstraZeneca/Thoracic Society of Australia and New Zealand (TSANZ) Early Career Respiratory Research Fellowship (this is awarded to a single recipient from Australia and New Zealand biennially) to investigate airway macrophage and epithelial cell function as a target for COPD using novel therapeutics developed by industry (Gilead Sciences, USA). His expertise in airway epithelial pathobiology and the development of sophisticated models of airway disease formed the basis for a Category 1 NHMRC project grant on which he is a chief investigator and he now heads this project. He has been recognised as the TSANZ SA branch New Investigator of the Year, runner up in the subsequent National New Investigator award, and was awarded the Japanese Career Development award (2017). He has generated over 45 peer reviewed publications, and received over $1 million in grant funding and awards.