Anya L Arthurs SRB Virtual Awards 2020

Anya L Arthurs

Since completing a Bachelor of Pharmacology (University of Sydney) in 2014, Anya has always been passionate about medical research and its translation into clinical practice. This led her to complete her Honours on the immunometabolic consequences of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) in cells towards identifying novel means for therapeutic intervention. For this work, she received a first class Honours from University of Newcastle. Anya completed her PhD in medical biochemistry from the University of Newcastle in the Pringle laboratory in 2019. This work focused on the role of short non-coding RNAs, called miRNAs, in targeting the placental renin-angiotensin system which is the master regulator for placental development and function. Anya showed how one specific miRNA can regulate this system in the placenta, reducing placental efficiency in mice and contributing to pregnancy complications, such as preeclampsia and low birthweight. Throughout her PhD, Anya authored five publications: two as first author. In 2019, Anya was an invited speaker to Erasmus University, The Netherlands (global seminar series) and the NSW Reproduction Forum. She also received the 2017 ASMR NSW Pecha Kucha presentation award and the 2017 New Investigator Award from the Australian and New Zealand Placental Research Association. Anya was a finalist for the 2018 Hudson Early Career Research Award from the Society for Reproductive Biology. Notably, Anya was the recipient of the prestigious Ross Wishart Memorial Award from the ASMR in 2019. Anya has completed a one-year postdoctoral researcher position at the Flinders Centre for Innovation in Cancer, Flinders University, studying the function of circular RNAs in cellular development and DNA damage. She is now applying these skills in the placenta, as a postdoctoral researcher under the supervision of Professor Claire Roberts.

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