Student scholarship used to research Muscular Dystrophy

April 26, 2013

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Serco Scholarship recipient Jez Supreme (right) with Associate Professor Kim Carter from the Telethon Institute.

Biomedical Science student Jez Supreme has been awarded an Honours scholarship to carry out research into the cause of Muscular Dystrophy.

The Serco Scholarship is awarded annually to a Murdoch University student who is undertaking a research project with a focus on bioinformatics, which includes the storage and analysis of biological data.

Valued at $20,000, the scholarship will provide Mr Supreme with a stipend of $10,000, with the balance going to research support at the Telethon Institute for Child Health Research.

By incorporating bioinformatics and molecular biology, and working with a sheep disease model for Muscular Dystrophy, Mr Supreme will attempt to determine genetic components of the disease.

Mr Supreme said the scholarship provided him with financial freedom during his Honours year.

“Thanks to the generous support of the scholarship I can hopefully reach my goal of a first-class thesis researching the genetics of Muscular Dystrophy,” he said.

While studying his double degree in Biotechnology and Molecular Biology at Murdoch, Mr Supreme worked on a research project related to the field of bioinformatics at the Bone and Mineral Research Group at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital.

“This kindled a strong interest in pursuing bioinformatics, as not only is it a growing field, it is an area of major importance to the research community,” Mr Supreme said.

Mr Supreme plans to undertake a PhD with a focus on the genetics of Multiple Sclerosis in the hope of advancing the state of medical knowledge in this field.

“I hope to contribute to lessening the severity and perhaps the occurrence of this afflicting condition,” he said.

The scholarship was established by service provider Serco, in partnership with Murdoch University and the Telethon Institute for Child Health Research, to help make a positive difference to the lives of local children and their families through health and medical research initiatives.

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