UNSW PhD candidate,
Cara Young, is working on a new therapy for type 1 diabetes. She is
exploring techniques to prevent rejection of insulin-producing cells
injected into patients.
involves creating semi-porous membranes capable of shielding introduced
cells from the body’s immune system.
Cara said the
application could go beyond diabetes. “This is being looked at by other
research groups for liver disease, central nervous diseases like
Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s, even genetically modifying cells to secrete
anti-cancer factors,” she told The
She said completing
her doctorate is not her main goal but rather a first step on her career
"Before you get here,
you think it's what you're aiming for. Once you get here it really is
just the start," she said.
"You move through
your PhD, start publishing, get recognised in your specific area, move
on to a postdoc and a fellowship and up the ranks of a university or
another sort of research organisation," she said.
UNSW is holding its
19–21 September, offering a series of events showcasing postgraduate
coursework and research programs.
All faculties will
host tailored information sessions to give prospective postgraduate
students the opportunity to discuss the flexible and career-focused
programs on offer at UNSW.