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Dr Melanie Ziegler

Diploma in Nutritional Science | PhD, University of Hohenheim

Dr Melanie Ziegler is currently a Research Fellow at the Baker Heart and Diabetes Institute in the Atherothrombosis and Vascular Biology Laboratory.

Dr Melanie Ziegler obtained her PhD in 2012 from the University of Hohenheim, Germany, developing and characterising bispecific, recombinant fusion proteins and validating their effects on myocardial repair mechanisms. Dr Ziegler published the key findings from her PhD in Circulation and for this work, she has been awarded the Gotthard-Schettler-Award at the annual meeting of the German Society for Atherosclerosis Research.

In 2013, Dr Ziegler joined the Atherothrombosis and Vascular Biology Laboratory at the Baker Heart and Diabetes Institute and has been awarded a 2-years overseas fellowship from the German Research Foundation (DFG) to undertake postdoctoral training here at Baker. Her research projects focus on early diagnosis of minimal cardiac ischaemia based on molecular imaging of activated platelets and different antibody or cell-based targeted therapies to treat myocardial infarction. Furthermore, her research interest is in cell infiltration and especially the role of platelets after transient ischaemia.

Awards

  • Young Investigator Award of the Korean Society for Molecular Imaging (KSMI) Annual Meeting in Conjunction with the FASMI Conference (2017)
  • Australian Vascular Biology Society Early Career Researcher Travel Award (2017)
  • VCCRI International Symposium Travel Award for Young Investigators (2016)
  • Australian Vascular Biology Society Young Investigator Poster Prize (2015)
  • Baker Institute Prize for Cardiovascular Research, Alfred Poster Week (2015)
  • ATVB Travel Award for Young Investigators, AHA Scientific Sessions (2015)
  • Gotthard-Schettler-Award of the German Society for Atherosclerosis Research (2011)

Achievements

  • International Society for Thrombosis and Haemostasis (ISTH) Young Investigator Grant (2017)
  • German Research Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship (2014)

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