Meet the Professors

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Event date :
Monday, August 19, 2019 - 15:30 to 16:30
Event Type :
School of Medical Sciences
Location :
The Chancellery - Council Chambers
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The 2019 Meet the Professors series is a wonderful chance for students and staff to celebrate the careers and achievements of our newly promoted and recruited professors. Our speakers will share their specialist knowledge and provide insights into ‘what’ and ‘who’ influenced their lives and careers.

Professor Nigel Turner, School of Medical Sciences, UNSW Medicine

Nigel is head of the Mitochondrial Bioenergetics Laboratory within the School of Medical Sciences, UNSW Medicine. He completed a PhD in comparative physiology and biochemistry at the University of Wollongong and conducted postdoctoral studies at the Garvan Institute of Medical Research, supported by a NHMRC Peter Doherty Fellowship and NMHRC Career Development Award. In 2012 he was awarded an Australian Research Council Future Fellowship and relocated his research group to UNSW. Nigel’s research focuses on investigating factors that regulate mitochondrial function and cellular bioenergetics in healthy and diseased states. He is on the editorial board of a number of leading international journals and is a scientific advisor for a national charity, The Mito Foundation. In 2018 Nigel was awarded UNSW Medicine Researcher of the Year.

Lecture: Why metabolism matters

Every cell requires a constant supply of nutrients to generate energy and provide the ‘building blocks’ needed for normal cellular maintenance and function. These fundamental cellular processes (and others) involve an array of biochemical reactions, collectively referred to as ‘metabolism’. This talk will describe my journey in metabolism research, from early work involving cross-species comparisons of membrane lipids to more recent studies aimed at understanding how altered metabolism in obesity, diabetes and cancer may present therapeutic opportunities for these diseases.

Please see Professor Nigel Turner webpage HERE

Professor Patsie Polly, School of Medical Sciences, UNSW Medicine

Patsie is a Scientia Education Fellow, Education Focussed Champion and Professor in Pathology, within the School of Medical Sciences, UNSW Medicine. Recognised nationally and internationally as a medical research scientist, leading teacher and innovative education researcher, she has infused her extensive medical research experience into the classroom by strategically integrating adaptive lessons, ePortfolio pedagogy and collaborative communities of practice to allow her students to learn these career-relevant professional skills. Patsie is recognised internationally as a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy-UK. Patsie is a board member and research special interest group chair for the US ePortfolio organisation, AAEEBL.

Lecture: Becoming a Skilled-Up Scientist

Growing up in Darlinghurst near St Vincent’s Hospital Sydney, I used to cut across the hospital back-docks to catch the bus to Taylor Square. Little did I realise I would kick-start my medical research career with a PhD in gene regulation at the Garvan Institute, that led to working in Germany and Japan and eventually home to research cancer cachexia at UNSW. I will take you on a journey on how I translate medical research into authentic learning experiences for our science students. Enabling student awareness of their knowledge, technical and professional skills development in becoming scientists will be discussed. 

Please see Professor Patsie Polly webpage HERE


Location: The Chancellery, Council Chambers (C22), UNSW Sydney, Kensington.

Please see the UNSW Map here and Google map (The nearest entrance is Gate 9 off High St, and the nearest building is the Sir John Clancy Auditorium)

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