Meet Shayna Sharma – PhD Student
Shayna Sharma is working under the supervision of Dr Carlos Salomon (Lions Medical Research Foundation Fellow), in the Exosome Biology Lab at UQCCR. She is a third year-PhD student, working on the early detection of ovarian cancer.
ABOUT SHAYNA : Fiji born but growing up in Australia, Shayna was always passionate about science and its contribution to improving human health. After completing schooling at Nehru Memorial Primary School (Suva, Fiji) and Calamvale Community College (Brisbane, Australia)), she accepted an offer from the University of Queensland to undertake the Bachelor of Science. Intrigued by the endless possibilities of a career in science, she went on to complete her Honours year and graduated with First Class Honours. A scholarship from the Australian government and a project supported by the Lions Medical Research Foundation as well as the Ovarian Cancer Research Foundation, formed the foundation for Shayna’s PhD. Her PhD project is looking at the identification of a biomarker for ovarian cancer, through the use of exosomes (Principal Supervisor: Dr Carlos Salomon, Exosome Biology Lab). Exosomes are essentially small packages of information released by cells, and if we can capture tumour exosomes from blood, we can gain an insight into the tumour cell, without an invasive biopsy.
Shayna hopes to transform her research from bench to bedside and this has been her biggest motivator and the reason that she chose to do a PhD. She also enjoys lab work, attending conferences and promoting research, reading, music and travelling.
She hopes that her contribution to science can lead to better outcomes for women and that she can inspire young girls to consider a career in science.