Anushree Balachandran

Pluripotency and Reprogramming Associate Professor Ernst Wolvetang
PhD student at University of Queensland (AIBN)
Recipient of UQ international scholarship

Anushree obtained her Bachelor of Biotechnology with first class honours from Flinders University, South Australia in 2011. For her honours project, a collaborative project between Macquarie University, Sydney and Genea Biocells, Sydney she evaluated the differences in whole cell proteomics of neurons differentiated from control and Huntington’s disease affected human embryonic stem cells. The results of this study was published in the Journal of Proteome Research titled “Proteomics of Huntington's disease-affected human embryonic stem cells reveals an evolving pathology involving mitochondrial dysfunction and metabolic disturbances.

Following her honours degree she joined Genea Biocells as a part of their stem cells team to differentiate and characterize a stem cell model of Huntington’s disease as well as develop a protocol for generating highly pure cultures of oligodendrocytes.

Anushree is pursuing a PhD at the Australian Institute of Bioengineering and Nanotechnology, University of Queensland. Her project involving an optimisation of a protocol to differentiate neural crest cells from human pluripotent cells.  She will be using this protocol along with a SOX10 reporter line she is generating to study functional differences in neural crest derived from Down syndrome induced pluripotent stem cells.

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