Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences


HealtheX 2014

Oral presentation - Doctoral category


  • First Place: Mohanraj Krishnan

Department: Obstetrics & Gynaecology
Supervisor: Professor Andrew Shelling
Project: Investigatin obesity-related gene variants in New Zealand children

  • Runner Up: Lennex Yu

Department: Anatomy
Supervisor: Dr Susan McGlashan
Project: Suitability of a Murine Chondrocyte Cell Line as a Model of Chronic Inflammation Associated with the Progression of Osteoarthritis

  • Runner Up: Grace Gong

Department: Auckland Cancer Society Research Centre
Supervisor: Professor Peter Robin Shepherd
Project: Structure based design of p110α-selective P13-kinase inhibitors

Oral presentation - Non-doctoral category


  • First Place: Anneke Pranked-Gough

Department: Molecular Medicine and Pathology
Supervisor: Dr Christopher Hall
Project: Insights into the functional differences between neutrophils generated by emergency and steady-state granulopoiesis

  • Runner Up: Rhoswen Amy Lockwood

Department: Molecular Medicine & Pathology
Supervisor: Dr Jonathan Astin
Project: The contribution of the innate immune system to tumour angiogenesis in zebrafish

  • Runner Up: Angus Tan

Department: Pharmacy
Supervisor: Dr Jingyuan Wen
Project: Development and optimization of a TMC-CSK modified nanoparticulate delivery system for oral delivery of gemcitabine

Poster presentation


  • First Place: Angela Wu

Department: Pharmacology
Supervisor: Associate Professor Deborah Young
Project: Anti-NMDA receptor subunit 1 antibodies increase excitatory synapse number in primary rat hippocampal neurons

  • Runner Up: Helen Murray

Department: Anatomy
Supervisor: Associate Professor Maurice Curtis
Project: Optimum post-mortem tissue processing methods for Golgi-staining human hippocampus in studies of plasticity in Alzheimer’s disease

  • Runner Up: Yukti Vyas

Department: Physiology
Supervisor: Associate Professor Johanna Montgomery
Project: Synaptic alternations in autism spectrum disorder-associated Shank2 mutations

AMRF Emerging Researcher Award


  • Congratulations to Monhanraj Krishnan, winner of the Doctoral Biomedical Science Oral Presentation category, for receiving the AMRF Emerging Researcher Award which grants $5,000 towards travel to share his research with the wider scientific community.