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Heather Irina Cohn
Jefferson Medical College / University of New South Wales
Research Interest: Medicine – Genetic and Cancer Research in Dermatology

Heather is a MD PhD Candidate and studies the genetics factors influencing skin cancers. Through understanding the genetic factors that put patients at risk, a deeper understanding of skin cancer pathology can be gained leading to advancements in patient care.

Jonathan Diaz
Georgia Institute of Technology / University of Western Australia
Research Interest: Physics – Computational Astrophysics

Jonathan’s postgraduate investigates galaxy formation.  Jonathan’s goal is to further our current understanding of how and when the first galaxies were formed.  A recipient of the prestigious Goldwater Scholarship, Jonathan’s research will ultimately be tested by data from the SKA telescope.

Frederic Joseph Pollock
College of Charleston / James Cook University
Research Interest: Life Sciences - Marine Science

Joe is currently pursuing a PhD at James Cook University (JCU) and the Australian Institute of Marine Science (AIMS), developing tools to diagnose and study coral disease on Australian coral reefs. Previously, a Fulbright Postgraduate Fellow, Joe is building upon his earlier research by further work on coral disease in Australia.

Jennifer Vaughn
University of Virgina / James Cook University
Research Interest: Medicine/Infectious disease

Jennifer Vaughn, a PhD student at James Cook University is working on the disease, Buruli ulcer. Buruli ulcer is a devastating skin disease, much like leprosy in appearance—an extremely difficult disease to treat frequently requiring surgery and extensive skin grafting.

Leah Muller
Louisiana State University / Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute
Research Interest: Biochemical Engineering / Stem Cell Research

Leah designs and implements novel therapeutic agents that will improve the treatment of disease by providing safer, more biocompatible alternatives to today’s treatment options.  Leah’s background is in researching biochemical compounds and protein engineering for the growth of stem cells.  Leah hopes to work toward using controlled gene expression and protein production in the human body for the treatment of disease. 
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