The Mito Foundation PhD Scholarship

 

Scholar

Abena Nsiah-Sefaa

University

Monash University

Supervisors

Dr Matthew McKenzie and Prof Justin St John

Research Institution

Hudson Institute of Medical Research

Project Name

Mitochondrial complex interactions and their importance in mitochondrial disease pathogenesis

Project Synopsis

For her project, Abena will be examining the interactions between fatty acid oxidation and oxidative phosphorylation enzymes, the two processes by which mitochondria break down fats and sugars to produce energy. Mutations in genes involved in either of these pathways can cause mitochondrial disease and Abena will be looking to determine why this is. She will also be using stem cell technology to create new brain and heart ‘disease in a dish’ models of Mito, allowing her to directly examine how mitochondrial function is affected in these cell types. Abena hopes that this project will guide the development of new combination therapies for mito that will address defects in fatty acid oxidation and oxidative phosphorylation simultaneously.

For an update on Abena’s project, click here.