Wei moved from China to do a PhD with Weiping Han at the A*Star Institute in Singapore. One of his projects is to determine the role of F-actin remodelling on the control of secretion. He uses confocal and two-photon imaging and more recently has been using STED super-resolution microscopy.
Reena did her PhD in Germany and then moved to post-doc with Richard Harvey at the Victor Chang Institute in Sydney. She brings her expertise in developmental biology to work on a project aimed at better differentiating human induced pluripotent stem cells into insulin secreting cells.
Louise did her undergraduate degree at the UNSW and then a PhD at the Garvan Institute in Sydney. Her project is aimed at understanding the influence of the apical domain of pancreatic beta cells on the control of insulin secretion and glucose homeostasis. She uses confocal microscopy and pancreatic slices. A part of her project is to work on human tissue obtained from the Royal North Shore Hospital in Sydney.
Nicole did her PhD in Germany and joined the lab at the beginning of 2018. Her project aims to understand the structure and function of proteins within the endocrine synapse.
Jun worked in the lab as a technician and now nearly has her PhD and is continuing her work as a post-doc. Her project worked on understanding the 3D relationships of insulin-secreting beta cells with their environment in the islets of Langerhans.
Jason is in the first year of his PhD studies. He is working on ways of enhancing beta cell function by culturing the cells on different substrates and co-culturing with other cell types. This work aims to develop better ways of maintaining beta cell function in implants to treat type 1 diabetes.