Dr Man awarded Frank Fenner Early Career Fellowship

22 September 2015

SiMingManStJudesHealth Minister, Sussan Ley and the National Health and Medical Research Council have awarded 2015 NHMRC/RG Menzies Fellow, Dr Si Ming Man, with the Frank Fenner Early Career Fellowship.

The NHMRC last night announced the top-ranked grant applicants in each of its funding categories at the NHMRC Research Excellence Awards, and Si Ming topped the pool in the Early Career Fellowship category.

Si Ming is currently a postdoctoral fellow in one of the leading labs in the field of innate immunity, located at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, in Massachusetts USA, where he has already had research published in several leading journals this year.

Si Ming completed a Bachelor of Medical Science at the University of New South Wales (UNSW) in 2007 and was awarded First Class Honours and the University Medal. He continued his research studies at UNSW and completed a MSc funded by an Australian Postgraduate Award. In 2009, Si Ming was awarded a highly competitive fully-funded Cambridge International Scholarship to pursue a PhD at the University of Cambridge, UK. In 2013, he completed his PhD.

Si Ming said he was very excited to have received the NHMRC recognition but was disappointed he could not be in Canberra to receive it from the Minister. He thanked the Menzies Foundation for its ongoing support.

In the citation about the Frank Fenner Early Career Fellowship, the NHMRC said:

Molecules known as interferons are produced by the immune system in response to infection.  Dr Man will seek to identify the role of interferons, and the proteins that regulate their production, in immune responses against the foodborne bacteria Salmonella and Listeria. This research aims to uncover new treatments and ways to prevent these bacterial infections.”

NHMRC CEO, Professor Anne Kelso said “These researchers are representative of the fine research talent that exists in Australia.”

Read more about the 16 excellence awards on the NHMRC website.

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