24 Sep 2015

Welcome to Fulbright scholar, Mary Ajamian, in Dept of Gastroenterology

Ms Mary Ajamian, Fulbright scholar,
Department of Gastroenterology, CCS.
Photo: Alex Bogatyrev
Welcome to Mary Ajamian, a visiting Fulbright scholar from Columbia University, USA, being hosted by the Department of Gastroenterology.

Mary’s Fulbright project will investigate gluten and casein’s role in the neurobehavioral and extra-intestinal symptoms of non-celiac gluten sensitivity (NCGS). Mary will perform immunoassay-based experiments as well as analyze data from experimental dietary and drug interventions conducted by Dr. Peter Gibson, MD and Dr. Jane Muir, PhD ‘s team at Monash University Central Clinical School/The Alfred Hospital in Melbourne.

Mary’s Fulbright experience will allow her to continue exorphins-related research that she started for her master’s thesis as well as connect two leading research groups at the forefront of characterizing an emerging disease entity.

Similar to the US, Australia experiences a deficit of women in STEM fields, especially at higher levels of academic or institutional seniority. Australian students of indigenous descent also experience difficulties. As part of her community engagement, Mary seeks to mentor students from underrepresented backgrounds who are interested in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields, particularly female students and those of indigenous descent.

Mary can be contacted at mary.ajamian@gmail.com

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