The Chronic Disease Solutions Team undertakes innovative and novel research to provide real solutions for the detection, prevention, cure and management of chronic conditions such as diabetes, cancer and cognitive and neurodegenerative diseases.
We aim to advance research in these overlapping areas:
- Neurosciences, including Neurodegenerative and Cognitive disorders
Our members have diverse experience in areas such as cell and molecular biology, gene therapy, biomarker discovery and development, therapeutics and medical technology. They are also committed to the delivery of practice-oriented, globally relevant and research focused courses in The School of Life Sciences in the UTS Faculty of Science.
Associate Professor Sara Lal
Associate Professor Lal leads the Neuroscience Research Unit. Sara’s research includes neurosciences, neurodegenerative and ageing disorders, neurocognition, diabetes and cardiovascular disease, sleep physiology, worker fatigue and health, and occupational safety and health.
Associate Professor Allan Jones
Professor Jones is the director of the surgical and anatomical skills laboratory at UTS. His primary area of research is the application of X-ray micro-tomography to the study of anatomical structure.
Dr Rose Martiniello-Wilks
Dr Martiniello-Wilks leads the UTS Translational Cancer Research Group in chronic disease projects including: the development of novel cell and gene therapies for cancer and Type 1 diabetes; exosome biomarker discovery and the development of non-invasive tests for cancer detection, prognosis and treatment response.
Dr Najah Nassif
Dr Nassif's primary research interest is in the genetic and molecular basis of disease with the aim of developing our understanding of disease for the development of future novel therapies. Her research is focussed in the areas of cancer, diabetes and neurological diseases.
Associate Professor Xianqin Qu
Associate Professor Qu’s research focuses on the mechanism of insulin resistance and lipotoxicity contributing to metabolic syndrome, non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, type 2 diabetes and diabetic vascular complications, polycystic ovarian syndrome and infertility.
Dr Rachel Shepherd
Dr Shepherd’s primary area of scientific expertise is in the biosynthesis, biomodification and metabolic function of novel natural chemicals, particularly polysaccharides and proteins.
Dr Tamara Sztynda
Dr Sztynda’s expertise is broad and varied covering histochemistry, histopathology (healing and repair), pathology (bone integrity) forensic science - pathology (wound aging), image analysis (characterisation of specific elements of emotions).
Dr Lacey Johnson (Australian Red Cross Blood Service)
Professor Fatima Shad Kaneez, Visiting Professor at UTS
Dr Eileen McGowan
Associate Professor Glen Reid, Adjunct Associate Professor at UTS
Mrs Narelle Woodland
Mrs Jennifer Wyndham
Dr Jing Cheng, Visiting Research Fellow
Dr Xingliang Jin, Adjunct Professor
For more information about our research or to enquire about Honours or PhD projects please contact Dr Sara Lal.
Phone: 02 9514 1592