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Free radical alumni return to present at local BIC symposium

Tuesday 19 September 2017 3:55pm

Free radical alumni Drs Kristin Brown and Andrew Cox were invited speakers at the Biomolecular Interaction Centre (BIC) symposium yesterday afternoon.

The joint research symposium held by University of Canterbury’s Biomolecular Interaction Centre (BIC) and the University of Otago, Christchurch took place on 18 September.

Both Dr Brown and Dr Cox undertook their undergraduate degrees at the University of Canterbury before completing a PhD in UOC’s Centre for Free Radical Research in 2010.

They then undertook postdoctoral research at Harvard Medical School. After a number of high-profile publications in journals such as Cell and Nature they were offered group leader positions at the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre in Melbourne, where they have been since 2016.

Dr Browns’ laboratory focusses on making breast cancer cells more susceptible to chemotherapy agents, while Dr Cox’s laboratory uses zebrafish as a model to study the processes involved in cancer cell growth.

Their success highlights what can be achieved by Christchurch students with the ability and determination to make a career in biomedical research.