2008 NHMRC Menzies Fellow
Scholarship biography (at time of award)
Dr Ken Pang was awarded the NHMRC/RG Menzies Fellowship to study "RNA transport: a new paradigm in cell-to-cell communication".
Dr Pang will use the Fellowship to study at the Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology, Harvard University and the Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research in Australia.
Studied at: Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research; Harvard University
Dr Ken Pang (MBBS, BMedSc, FRACP, PhD) is a Clinician Scientist Fellow at the Murdoch Childrens Research Institute, a Consultant Paediatrician with the Royal Children's Hospital Gender Service, and a Senior Research Officer at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute. Prior to this, he undertook postdoctoral studies at Harvard University as a Fulbright Scholar and the NHMRC RG Menzies/CJ Martin Fellow. Dr Pang’s research output includes 31 peer-reviewed publications (including in Science (2), PNAS, Genome Research, and Molecular Psychiatry) that have been cited >7,000 times.
“I am interested in how the body regulates the information contained within our genes. In particular, I am studying the regulatory role of the DNA-like molecule, RNA.
Until recently, only 2 per cent of the human genome was believed to be functionally important. The remainder was largely dismissed as “junk”, since it did not code for proteins. It is now apparent that this “junk” enables the production of regulatory RNAs that are critical not only for normal development but also disease. I am interested in how regulatory RNAs function, and how they can be manipulated to treat disease.”
Scholarship Year: 2008
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