11 June 2021: Our new paper discussing techniques for isolating RNA from starPEG-heparin hydrogels is out now in Open Biology! Check out the open access article here.
30 September 2020: Our new paper exploring the biomechanical characteristics of cells in the prostate tumour microenvironment is out now in Materials Today Bio! Check out the open access article here. This paper was awarded "Paper of the Month" by the Matrix Biology Society of Australia and New Zealand!
28 August 2020: Laura was awarded a Queensland Young Tall Poppy Science Award from the Australian Institute of Policy and Science. Winners were announced at a ceremony in Brisbane.
30 July 2020: Maria's new paper demonstrating the importance of using tissue-specific cells when engineering tumour microenvironments is now out in Acta Biomaterialia! Check out the article here.
04 March 2020: Channel 9 News QLD ran a great story about the new Mater-IHBI Breast Cancer Biobank (co-directed by Laura). See the news report here.
24 February 2020: Anna's new paper describing a novel toolkit for proteinarray densitometry using dynamic signal development and enzyme reaction kinetics is now out at BMC Bioinformatics ! Check out the open access article here.
20 October 2019: Laura participated in a panel session at the 4 Ingredients and Coastline BMW High Tea by the Sea, a fundraising event for the National Breast Cancer Foundation.
11 October 2019: Laura was named Deputy Director of the new ARC Industrial Transformation Training Centre for Cell and Tissue Engineering with Monash University.
14 September 2018: Laura was awarded the David Goodchild Award from the Australian Microscopy and Microanalysis Society. Winners were announced at the International Microscopy Congress in Sydney.
6 September 2018: Our new paper describing a novel 3D model for the study of breast cancer metastasis to bone is now published in Cancers! Check out the open access article here.
28 February 2018: We submitted an entry for the Advance Queensland Women in STEM Prize! Check out our research here, and vote if you like it! While you're there, also take the time to listen to the projects from outstanding women in Queensland leading the way in their STEM fields! 2018-queensland-women-in-stem-prize.thinkable.org/
27 September 2017: Anna was awarded a Bayer Foundation scholarship for her PhD project!
27 July 2017: Julia's new Scientific Reports paper is the top story in Volume 9.29 (Jul 25) of Mesenchymal Cell News!
26 July 2017: Laura chaired the session "TME Systems Biology" and presented her talk "Three dimensional in vitro models for studying tumour angiogenesis" at the "Symposium on Proteases and the Tumori Microenvironment", which took place on the 24th - 26th July, 2017 in Prato, Italy. www.proteasesintime.org
3 April 2017: Our new paper describing a novel 3D model for the study of acute myeloid leukaemia is now published in Haematologica! Check out the open access article here.
2 September 2016: Laura was a finalist for a Women in Technology (WIT) Rising Star Award in Brisbane. Winners were announced at the annual WIT Gala Dinner. Photo: See Saw Photography
8 May 2016: Laura ran the Mother's Day Classic in Brisbane, and afterwards spoke about her research with the other runners and fundraisers. We are very grateful to the National Breast Cancer Foundation for supporting our research!
19 March 2016: Our new paper discussing the effects of the extracellular matrix on tumour development in 3D models is now published in Acta Biomaterialia! Check it out here.
22 January 2016: POSITIONS AVAILABLE! A research assistant and a PhD student are needed for upcoming projects starting this year in Australia. For further details, access the Positions Available tab.
20 November 2015: Laura was awarded a Lush Prize Young Researcher Award in London. Thank you Lush for reducing the use of animals in science by supporting my research.
30 October 2015: Congratulations to Jana Sievers, Julia Fernández-Pérez and Josephine Böhme for graduating with their Masters Degrees.