Dr Martha Yahimbu Mungkaje
This project aims to investigate the anti-inflammatory and antibacterial effects of kinos extracts from Australian and Papua New Guinean Eucalyptus species.
Economy: Papua New Guinea
Partnering Australian Institution: School of Pharmacy and Medical Science, University of South Australia
Project Title: Investigation of anti-inflammatory and antibacterial effects of kinos from Australian and Papua New Guinean Eucalyptus species using ex vivo and in vivo study models
This study will identify individual compounds present in kino extract which are responsible for anti-inflammatory and antibacterial effect mechanisms.
Reasons for applying for fellowship:
I applied to the Australia-APEC Women in Research Fellowship was to represent PNG women in research and to get funding to do a follow-up study from my current doctoral research and to learn advanced techniques.
Martha has always achieved impressive results in her academic studies and research projects which has led to the successful application of many awards and opened up several research opportunities. On academic merit she was awarded a PNG national scholarship that supported her undergraduate degree program. She was subsequently sponsored by the PNG Medical Research Institute and a Research Group at the University of Utah, USA for her Master's program of which she received an A+ grade.
Nautilus Minerals Ltd sponsored Martha to undertake an internship at Duke University's Marine Laboratory in North Carolina, USA which led to her working with Australian environmental scientists as well as working in research laboratories in the USA growing plant cells, isolating plant pathogens and investigating their protein and gene expressions.
Martha has also been successful in winning an Australian Leadership Award which allowed her to embark on doctoral studies at Curtin University in Perth, Western Australia where she used research techniques for cell culture work, immunology, molecular biology and antimicrobial studies.
Martha's research is of national and international significance in the recognition and scientific evaluation of indigenous medicines. She has reported novel findings at conferences in New Zealand and India.