This event is supported by Science on the Swan

Promoting Your Research

A Masterclass with Dr Chris Smith from The Naked Scientists for Early‐Career Researchers

Date: Monday 2 May 2016
Time: 9:30am ‐ 11:30am
Venue: Room 005, Level 2, Learning Link, Murdoch University (Murdoch Campus), South Street, Murdoch – Signage LL2.005

In support of the Science on the Swan Conference 2016, Murdoch University is inviting students and ECRs to participate in a Masterclass delivered by Dr Chris Smith on how to bring your science to life for the media, general public and students. The Masterclass will be delivered at Murdoch University Campus.

Places are strictly limited so register your interest as soon as possible.

About Dr Chris Smith

Chris Smith is a medical consultant specializing in clinical microbiology and virology at Cambridge University and its teaching hospital, Addenbrooke’s. He is also a Fellow of Queens’ College, Cambridge and a Sir Walter Murdoch Distinguished Adjunct Professor at Murdoch University.

Dr Smith started the Naked Scientists radio show, podcast and website back in 1999. He co-presents the Naked Scientists show, is the science correspondent for the ABC RN (Radio National) Breakfast show, Australia, hosts the Naked Scientists on BBC Radio 5 Live on Monday mornings and also talks science and answers listeners’ questions for thirty minutes every Friday morning on Primedia’s Talk Radio 702/567 CapeTalk, in South Africa.

Dr Smith also fronts the Royal Society of Chemistry’s Chemistry World podcast and he founded the Nature Podcast for the journal Nature. Now and then he also pops up on telly, usually to talk about infectious diseases.

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Further Details:

Morning/Afternoon tea will be provided.

All PhD and ECRs registered for Science on the Swan are invited at no additional cost. Participants must organize their own transport to/from Murdoch University.

Register your interest as soon as possible to: Include your Institute, PhD or ECR and any access/dietary requirements.

Note: We may run a second Masterclass in the afternoon of 2 May 2016 if there is demand.

Contact Person:

Kate Brooks T: 08 93601278, E:


This event is supported by Science on the Swan 

Science on the Swan Satellite

Session 1:  Building a Successful Career in Research
                     Professor Melissa Little and Dr Elizabeth Sutton

Session 2:  Stem Cells – What is Now and What the Future Holds
                     Professor Melissa Little                            

Professor Melissa Little
Group Leader; Cell Biology
Kidney Development, Disease and Regeneration
Murdoch Children’s Research Institute

Elizabeth Sutton MD
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center 
New York

Dr Sean Murphy
Assistant Professor
Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine
North Carolina

Professor Lyndon da Cruz
Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon
Eye Hospital, London

Workshop Agenda

Noon – 12.30pm            Light Lunch (Perkins Foyer)

12.30pm 2.00pm         Session One: Building a Successful Career in Research
                                           Professor Melissa Little and Dr Elizabeth Sutton

The aim of this session is to provide early and mid-career researchers with information and guidance for a successful career in research and provide opportunity for an enriching discussion. The highly competitive nature of the research environment can be daunting and complex even for experienced researchers. Professor Little and Dr. Sutton will  provide an overview of their career, including significant defining steps/decision making processes and/or obstacles encountered and how they were overcome to shape their career paths.

Session Chair:
Associate Professor Graham Hall, Deputy Director Telethon Kids Institute and Telethon Kids EMCR Council member

2.00pm – 2.30pm          Break

2.30pm – 4.00pm          Session Two: Stem Cells – What is Now and What the Future Holds
                                          Professor Melissa Little

Perspectives on stem cell and tissue regeneration research. What is now and what the future holds internationally and nationally. What are the prospects for ECRs and MCRs in this space?

Session Chair: 
Professor George Yeoh, Laboratory Head, Liver Disease and Carcinogenesis, Harry Perkins Institute for Medical Research, UWA


DATE: Monday 02 May 2016
TIME: Noon – 4.00pm
VENUE: McCusker Auditorium, Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research – QEII
RSVP for catering purposes:  4pm Wednesday 27 April 2016 to


Workshop: Cutting Edge Tools: From Populations to Single Cell

Date: Friday 6 May 2016
Time: 8:30 am - 1:00 pm (Registration at 08:00 am, light continental breakfast served)
Venue: Institute for Immunology and Infectious Diseases, Murdoch University
McCusker Conference Centre
Building 390, Discovery Way
Murdoch University

Population and Single Cell Approaches

Co-Chairs: Dr Chris Smith (The Naked Scientists) & Dr Simon Mallal (Murdoch University)

8:30 am            Nancy Cox PhD, Vanderbilt University, USA
                          Building a Catalog Linking Genes to the Medical Phenome

9:30am             Justin Balko PhD, Vanderbilt University, USA
​                          Immunophenotyping tumor infiltrating lymphocytes in breast cancer from formalin fixed tissues

10:00 am          Elizabeth Phillips MD, Murdoch University
​                          Improving phenotypic precision, PheWas

10:30 am          Break, light refreshments served

11:00 am          David Nolan MBBS PhD, Murdoch University
​                          New tools to investigate Multiple Sclerosis 

11:20 am          Silvana Gaudieri PhD, University of Western Australia and Murdoch University
​                          T cells: TCR sequencing, transcriptomics and transfectomas

11:40 am          Mina John  MBBS, Murdoch University
​                          Host-pathogen adaptation and evolutionary analyses

12:00 pm         Lloyd D’Orsogna MBBS PhD, Fiona Stanley Hospital, UWA and Murdoch University
​                          HIV-specific TCRs

12:20 pm         Panel discussion

Lab Tour / Demonstration

12:45 pm

  • Abha Chopra PhD, Murdoch University
    Single cell assays      
  • Mark Watson PhD, Murdoch University
    Single Cell dry lab pipeline
  • Alec Redwood PhD, Murdoch University
    TCR analyses and transfectoma

Please contact Ruth Warren to register your attendance:
Ruth Warren
T: 08 9360 1366

There is no registration fee.