Professor Benjamin Kile awarded 2015 Merck Millipore Research Medal11 May 2015
Congratulations to Professor Benjamin Kile awarded 2015 Merck Millipore Research Medal.
The Merck Milipore Research Medal is awarded to an outstanding Australian biochemist or molecular biologist with less than 15 years postdoctoral experience.
Professor Benjamin Kile is an NHMRC Principal Research Fellow and Joint Head (with Associate Professor Guillaume Lessene) of the ACRF Chemical Biology Division at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research (WEHI).
The Kile lab is focused on the molecular regulation of blood cell formation and function, with a particular interest in the role of programmed cell death pathways. This has included the identification of apoptotic mechanisms that regulate megakaryocyte and blood platelet survival, which has assisted in the clinical development of a new class of anti-cancer drugs called the BH3 mimetics. More recent efforts have uncovered the link between apoptotic caspases and the suppression of damage-associated molecular pattern (DAMP) signalling.
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