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Postdoctoral Fellowship win for promising health researcher

Thursday 31 January 2019 4:22pm

Steven Cui
Dr Steven Cui

Dr Steven Cui has won one of two prestigious Career Development Postdoctoral Fellowship awards offered by the University of Otago’s Division of Health Services. The award is reserved for outstanding recent doctoral graduates, providing them with two years’ of salary support to help gain further experience and become established independent researchers.

“It’s so encouraging to have received this vote of confidence”, says Dr Cui, “and I’ll be working hard to show that I’m a worthy of it, for sure!”

Dr Cui’s successful application centred around the research he is currently undertaking in the Christchurch Regenerative Medicine and Tissue Engineering (CReaTE) research group. He’s researching the development of cell co-culture systems for fabricating three-dimensional biological tissues. He hopes his research will have applications for the treatment of bone and cartilage defects as well as myocardial infarction, including many other health conditions.

Dr Cui’s application was supported by lead researcher, Associate Professor Tim Woodfield, and Head of the Orthopaedic Surgery and Musculoskeletal Medicine Department, Professor Gay Hooper.