PCSRF welcomes Dr Anu Chacko to the SIP team
Sat 01, Dec 2018
The Perry Cross Spinal Research Foundation recently announced funding to Associate Professor Jenny Ekberg for the project called “Cleaning up the injury site is key to spinal cord regeneration”. Jenny’s team is part of the Spinal Injury Project at Griffith University which is optimising the use of the nasal Olfactory Ensheathing Cells (OECs) to repair spinal cord injury.
For Jenny’s project, the team will work out how to stimulate the OECs after transplantation so that they can clean up the spinal cord injury site from cell debris and bacteria that are so prevalent after an injury. It is the accumulation of “rubbish” in the injury site that is one of the main reasons why regeneration does not normally occur, so finding a way to remove the rubbish will help promote regeneration. The team also plan to use natural compounds to enhance this important biological function of Olfactory Ensheathing Cells.
A/Prof Ekberg’s team have recently welcomed on board a new member, Dr Anu Chacko who joins as a very experienced post-doctoral research fellow. Dr Chacko completed a Doctor of Philosophy in cellular microbiology from QUT in 2015 where she was awarded for her outstanding thesis. Anu hails from India originally, but has been living and working in Australia for the past decade. Anu previously worked as a postdoctoral research fellow at QUT where she investigated the bacterial pathogenesis of multidrug resistant bacteria (E. coli) in urinary tract infections. Her prior experience in both cellular biology and microbiology make her a perfect fit for the team and the Spinal Injury Project as a whole. We look forward to sharing Anu's progress with you over the coming months.