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.
Jun worked int he lab as a technician and now is completing her PhD. 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.
Christine is in the first year of her PhD. She is studying how synaptic proteins, known to be present in beta cells, might control insulin secretion.
Sunny is working as a research technician. She is supporting the work of the type 1 diabetes consortium and working to optimise the environmental conditions required to enhance insulin secretion from adult human beta cells.