Academy mentorship place a first for the Monash BDI

Dr Tracy Heng.
Dr Tracy Heng.

Dr Tracy Heng has become the first Monash Biomedicine Discovery Institute (BDI) scientist to be accepted into the Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences (AAHMS) mentorship program.

Dr Heng said it was a “huge honour” to gain a position in the program.

“I was delighted to receive the formal invitation. It’s very competitive,” Dr Heng said.

“The Fellows at the Academy are eminent clinicians and medical researchers. To be able to access this network of leaders is a privilege and I look forward to the opportunity to tap into this wealth of experience,” she said.

Dr Heng will become an Associate Member of the Academy for three years and has been paired with an Academy Fellow as mentor. Mentors provide independent advice and support in career development, succession planning and leadership advancement.

Mentees are chosen for their potential as leaders and as future Academy Fellows. Current Academy Fellows from Monash BDI include Professors Ben Kile (Head of the Anatomy and Developmental Biology Department), Jamie Rossjohn (Head of the Infection and Immunity Program), Ross Coppel (Senior Deputy Dean and Director of Research), David de Kretser AC (distinguished researcher and former Governor of Victoria) and Dean of Medicine Professor Christina Mitchell.

Dr Heng is a NHMRC Career Development Fellow and heads a laboratory at the Monash BDI which focusses on overcoming immune barriers to stem cell therapies.

She will be introduced to the program at the mentoring workshop being held today as part of the Academy’s AGM and Annual Scientific Meeting on 10-12 October.

The Academy was formally established as a leadership and advisory body in June 2014 under the presidency of Professor Ian Frazer and the patronage of Professor Sir Gustav Nossal.

About the Monash Biomedicine Discovery Institute

Committed to making the discoveries that will relieve the future burden of disease, the newly established Monash Biomedicine Discovery Institute at Monash University brings together more than 120 internationally-renowned research teams. Our researchers are supported by world-class technology and infrastructure, and partner with industry, clinicians and researchers internationally to enhance lives through discovery.