PhD student, University of Melbourne
After completing a Bachelor of Medicine at Peking University, Jing Jing moved to Melbourne to pursue a PhD in medicine at the University of Melbourne. She is currently completing her final year in the Immunology and Diabetes Unit at St Vincent’s Institute.
Inspired by the great contribution of basic research to clinical treatment of type 2 diabetic patients, Jingjing decided to come to Australia to study the mechanism of apoptosis in type 2 diabetes. Her PhD project aims to investigate the role of the pro-apoptotic molecule BIM in loss of beta cell mass in type 2 diabetes. She has defined the metabolic phenotypes of type 2 diabetic mouse models lacking BIM genes and examined the beta cell mass using a three-dimensional imaging tool called Optical Projection Tomography.
Last year, Jingjing took on a new “project”, as a mother to her now 7-month-old son Max Sun. While juggling motherhood and a final year PhD has put her under intense pressure at times, she would have it no way other way, and has been delighted by the joy he has brought to her whole family.