Dr Lorey Smith is currently completing her Postgraduate studies in the field of biomedical and cancer research. Based at the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, she specialises in molecular and cell biology, with a specific focus on understanding complex protein networks that regulate cell orientation and shape.
Receiving the Harold Mitchell Travel Fellowship in 2011 allowed Lorey to go to Cambridge to attend the premier meeting for this field of research in the world. Attendance at the meeting allowed her to receive specialised and advanced training in high content image analysis, which is still in its relative infancy in Australia, and thus provided an educational opportunity currently not available in Australia.
On Lorey’s return, she shared her newly acquired expertise with “a much broader group of high content screeners based at the Victorian Centre for Functional Genomics ... Thus, the Harold Mitchell travel program was of benefit to a much broader cross-section of Melbourne based researchers who also use this technology to address their specific scientific questions.”
“The work specifically associated with this travel program has made a significant advance to our knowledge of the regulation of cell polarity networks and how they interact with tumour-promoting signals that are frequently observed in human cancer.”
“Thank you for providing me with this fantastic opportunity, I am extremely grateful.”