Monday 29 January 2018 4:55pm
Annabelle Greenwood capstoned her 10 week’s research at the University of Otago with an award for the best presentation of laboratory-based research.
Her research on engineering physiologically relevant breast cancer tumour models was defined by Dr Khoon Lim, whose research on engineering complex 3-dimensional structures of living tissue offers exciting new possibilities in drugs and therapy testing.
“I was so pleased with Annabelle from the start. She would think about issues in advance, identify several ways to proceed, and come to our meetings together totally prepared. I’m not surprised her talent was recognised with this award” said Dr Lim.
Each year over the summer-break period the University offers project work to tertiary students who want real-world research experience. It’s an opportunity for them to consolidate their feelings about a specialty to pursue or to try something new. And they make a real contribution to the research efforts of the staff groups supervising their work.
Annabelle worked with the Christchurch Regenerative Medicine and Tissue Engineering (CReaTE) research group whilst in the Summer Studentship programme. And for the remainder of 2018 she will complete a Bachelor of Biomedical Sciences with Honours at the University of Otago.
The summer programme concluded this year on Friday 26 January with 55 students presenting their research findings to a live audience of professional and budding researchers.
A bursary supported Annabelle during her summer’s work, made possible by New Zealand Breast Cancer Foundation sponsorship.