Publish Date: 
Wednesday, September 27, 2017 - 11:45

TRI Welcomes UQ Distinguished young alumni Award Recipient

We're pleased to welcome special guest and Young Alumni Award Recipient Dr Retnagowri Rajandram to TRI for 2 weeks as she works with Associate Professor Glenda Gobe from the University of Queensland's Faculty of Medicine.

A/Prof Gobe had the following to say about Dr Rajandram's achievement:  "Gowri exemplifies everything a PhD advisor would wish for final outcome in a graduate: continued collaboration and friendship after completion of the degree; continued enthusiasm for medical research, with development of novel research themes and innovative methods; and development of her academic discipline and successful progress through the milestones of academia."

Gowri is now Senior Lecturer at the Dept Surgery, Univ of Malaya. She had a post-doctoral Fellowship with the Voiding Dysfunction Group, BIDMC, Harvard Medical School. She and this group are still in collaboration for the next phase. 

Over the next weeks at TRI and UQDI, Gowri is working on Malaysian Government and University of Malaya funded grants to study the roles of leptin and its receptor in resistance of kidney cancer to targeted therapies. She is completing morphological assessment of immunohistochemistry using digital pathology scans.

A/Professor Glenda Gobe and team welcome Dr Retnagowri Rajandram to their lab group

UQ Young Alumni Award

The University of Queensland’s 2017 Alumni Awards have recognised a diverse range of leaders who have created change by advancing knowledge, powering economies and advocating for human rights and dignity.

UQ Vice-Chancellor and President Professor Peter Høj said the awards recognised alumni who had accomplished outstanding success and made exemplary contributions to their fields and communities within Australia and globally.

“This year’s recipients range from an award-winning journalist to humanitarians, visionary philanthropists and business leaders,” he said.

The UQ Alumni Awards will be presented at the annual Courting the Greats ceremony on 11 October, where the UQ Sportswoman and Sportsman of the Year will also be.

“The recipients exemplify the immense change individuals can create by taking action and giving back through research, volunteering, public service or philanthropy,” he said.

 “The 2017 Alumni Awards recipients are leaders and innovators in their fields and have shown the powerful ways people can create change through applying their passion and dedication to a cause.

“We continue to equip our graduates with the critical-thinking skills and acumen that prepare them for a multitude of career opportunities and the ability to tackle the world’s biggest problems.”

This years’ Distinguished Young Alumni Award recipients are:

  • Dr Andrew Barnes - an entrepreneur, Rhodes Scholar and the founder of two successful start-ups focused on educational tools and resources.
  • Ms Michelle Grant - a food systems specialist and educator who runs a world-leading research centre tackling the world’s most profound global food system challenges.
  • Mr Carl Hartmann - a multi-award winning Australian entrepreneur best known for his work as co-founder and chief executive officer of Temando. 
  • Dr Retnagowri Rajandram - a researcher and academic who is pioneering collaborative approaches between surgeons and researchers to provide excellent outcomes for patients.