Gabrielle J Pennings (PhD)
ANZAC Research Institute
Concord Repatriation General Hospital
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Dr Gabrielle Pennings received her PhD in 2007 awarded by The University of Sydney for her work entitled “The Cellular Response to Synthetic Vascular Graft Material”. This work focused on the response of platelet and leukocytes to the presence of synthetic vascular graft material and the cell types involved in neo-intimal hyperplasia development. After a short period in industry with a focus on cell culture and protein production, Gabrielle joined the Vascular Biology Group as a postdoctoral scientist (2008-present).
Her research interest once again has shifted back to platelet and leukocyte biology. The focus is now on the response in patients with coronary artery disease (CAD) and elucidating the role of the novel platelet marker – extracelluar matrix metalloproteinase inducer (EMMPRIN) in the development of CAD (Pennings et al 2010 JTH) and its association with other platelet and leukocyte markers. Current work with Dr Andy Yong (PhD Student) will include continued examination of what occurs within the coronary tree with respect to platelet and leukocyte mechanisms of activation and studies of the regulation in GPVI in collaboration with Drs Elizabeth Gardiner and Robert Andrews (Monash University).