Aditi Aiyer

Biography

I have always been interested in human biological sciences. I completed my undergraduate studies majoring in both Neuroscience and Immunology at Sydney University. I decided that I wanted to continue my undergraduate studies by completing an Honours year in Immunology at the RPA. Following this, I decided to find a different focus within the field – so I completed a Masters of Science (Immunology and Infectious diseases), again at Sydney University, to diversify my exposure. This is where I met my PhD supervisors, Ass Prof Jim Manos and Dr Das Ashish Kumar.

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Industry partner
Whiteley Corporation

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Research organisation
University of Sydney

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Academic Mentor
Ass Prof Jim Manos
Dr Das Ashish Kumar

Project description

Patients with cystic fibrosis are more predisposed to having poor lung function as they lack a gene that aids in thinning out the mucus that naturally coats the lung. These patients end up having thick mucus that unfortunately creates a perfect environment for bacteria to grow in and leads to bacterial infections in the form of “biofilms”. So to address these recalcitrant biofilms, we are looking for a novel formulation of a combination of antibiotics and other things such as antioxidants that could assist not only in breaking down the biofilm, but also treat the infection.

Q&A

What is your background, and what led you to take up a PhD position for this project?

There are three things about me that have remained the same: I’m curious, I’m interested in medical science, and I’ve always wanted to help people. Since high school, I’ve been drawn to science. …

 

How do you feel about an industry-led research project?

I’m thankful that a PhD isn’t like a conventional 9 – 5 job and that I have the freedom to plan my life and work. Research fulfills my curiosity – if I’m intrigued by a question, I can review scientific literature and / or do an experiment. Even if the experiment fails, I still would have answered a question because even failure is a success in disguise allowing me to move forward. …