Post-doc research grants

Grants for post-doctoral researchers are not easy to come by – but two researchers from the La Trobe Institute for Molecular Science (LIMS) find themselves recipients of recently announced grants.

The Australian Society for Medical Research (ASMR) awarded Dr Dimitra Chatzileontiadou with a Small Research Grant. And Dr Amy Baxter was the recent recipient of the inaugural Postdoctoral Professional Development award from the Australian Cell Death Society (ACDS).

Dr Chatzileontiadou is a post-doctoral researcher within the Gras Lab at LIMS, specialising in infection and immunity research – with a particular interest in influenza, HIV and SARS-CoV-2.

“I look forward to the grant enabling me to continue my research on SARS-CoV-2, with the view to broaden our understanding of the immune response to this virus,” said Dr Chatzileontiadou.

Dr Baxter is a post-doctoral researcher within the Poon Lab at LIMS. Dr Baxter’s research focuses on understanding the mechanisms and functions of extracellular vesicles (EVs) derived from dying cells.

“I intend on using my grant to support my attendance at the Australian and New Zealand Society for Extracellular Vesicles (ANZSEV) 2021 Meeting in Queensland later this year, where I hope to present my latest research,” said Dr Baxter.

Director of LIMS, Professor Brian Smith, remarked, “I am extremely pleased to see our early-career researchers named as grant recipients. And I look forward to seeing where their research leads in over the next few years.”

The ASMR Victorian Committee established the Small Research Grant Scheme to help develop the CV of post-doctoral trainees and support research grant applications.

The ACDS Professional development awards are for professional development-related activities. This award aims to facilitate the career development of early-career ACDS members as they embark on their careers in cell death research.