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The Baker Institute's Bright Sparks Program aims to attract and retain the very highest calibre of postgraduate students by recognising their achievements and supporting them with financial awards. The 2016 crop of Bright Sparks impressed the adjudicators with their talent and commitment to science. We look forward to seeing what the year ahead holds for them.

Early Career Scientists Research Grants

Alan Williams Trust Fund ECS Fellowships
Co-recipients: Dr Pamela Davern, Neuropharmacology Laboratory, and Dr Francine Marques, Heart Failure Research Group
Dr Mark Ziemann, Human Epigenetics Laboratory

Bertalli Family Foundation ECS Research Grant
Dr Xiaowei Wang, Atherothrombosis and Vascular Laboratory

Miller Foundation ECS Fellowship
Professor Assam El-Osta, Head, Human Epigenetics Laboratory

Miller Foundation ECS Research Grants
Dr Brian Drew, Diabetes and Dyslipidaemia Laboratory
Associate Professor Andre La Gerche, Head, Sports Cardiology

Miller Foundation ECS Travel and Research Grant
Associate Professor Andrew Murphy, Head, Haematopoiesis and Leukocyte Biology Laboratory

Bright Sparks Top-Up Scholarships

Dragana Dragoljevic, Haematopoiesis and Leukocyte Biology Laboratory
Nadia Mazarakis, Epigenomic Medicine Laboratory

Rosetta & Alan Bloom Scholarships
Maryam Tabesh, Diabetes and Population Health Laboratory
Dr Aleksandr Voskoboinik, Clinical Electrophysiology Laboratory

The Cybec Foundation Scholarship
Emily King, Diabetes and Dyslipidaemia Laboratory

P & M Harbig Holdings Pty Ltd Scholarships
Monika Loskot, Physical Activity Laboratory
Sudip Paul, Metabolomics Laboratory

Anne King & Beresford King OAM Scholarship
Annas Al-Sharea, Haematopoiesis and Leukocyte Biology Laboratory

Robert & Jan Lyng Scholarship
Dr Sandeep Prabhu, Clinical Electrophysiology Laboratory

Lynton & Sue Morgan Scholarships
Winda Ng, Clinical Diabetes Laboratory
Waled Shihata, Haematopoiesis and Leukocyte Biology Laboratory

Robin & Janice Pleydell Scholarship
Yow Keat Tham, Cardiac Hypertrophy Laboratory

Stewart Family Scholarships
Dr Alex Huang, Atherothrombosis and Vascular Laboratory
Digsu Koye, Diabetes and Population Health Laboratory

Jenny Tatchell Scholarship
Dr Shane Nanayakkara, Heart Failure Research Group

Norman & Meryll Wodetzki Scholarship
Nyssa Hadgraft, Physical Activity Laboratory

Bright Sparks Stipend Fund

William Angliss (Victoria) Charitable Fund, Isabel & John Gilbertson Trust, GRAS Foundation & Anne King & Beresford King OAM
Ya-Lan (Alice) Ying, Atherothrombosis and Vascular Laboratory

The Cybec Foundation & Jenny Tatchell
Jessica Marshall, Cellular and Molecular Metabolism Laboratory

Travel awards

Friends of Baker Travelling Fellowship
Ishant Khurana, Human Epigenetics Laboratory

Sylvia Gelman Travel Grants
Dr Miles De Blasio, Heart Failure Pharmacology Laboratory
Nyssa Hadgraft, Physical Activity Laboratory

Harold Mitchell Travelling Postdoctoral Fellowship
Eser Zerenturk, Diabetes and Dyslipidaemia Laboratory

Harold Mitchell Travelling Postgraduate Fellowship
Winda Ng, Clinical Diabetes Laboratory

Elizabeth Randall Travel Grant
Dr Sandeep Prabhu, Clinical Electrophysiology Laboratory

Randall Foundation Travel Grants
Dr Jenny Ooi
, Cardiac Hypertrophy Laboratory
Dr Xiaowei Wang, Atherothrombosis and Vascular Laboratory

Pauline Speedy Travel Grant
Kristina Zaldiva, Atherothrombosis and Vascular Laboratory

Jacquie Stephens Travel Grants
Dr Mohammad Javad Koohsari, Behavioural Epidemiology Laboratory
Dr Joon Lim, Neuropharmacology Laboratory
Dr Yusuke Sata, Human Neurotransmitters Laboratory
Dr Chengxue (Helena) Qin, Heart Failure Pharmacology Laboratory

Rotary Club of Mt Waverley Travel Grants
Dr Adele Richart, Metabolic and Vascular Physiology Laboratory
Matthew Snelson, Glycation, Nutrition and Metabolism Laboratory

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With the rising number of Australians affected by diabetes, heart disease and stroke, the need for research is more critical than ever.

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