Jade Foeng, research scientist and PhD student from the McColl lab at the University of Adelaide, has finished up a two-month stint at Seattle Children’s Research Institute Seattle Children’s in the US.

Jade was recruited by Carina Biotech in early 2018, and is working with her colleagues in Professor Shaun McColl’s Chemokine Biology Laboratory to investigate chemokine receptor-driven anti-tumour responses and the effectiveness of Carina’s lead CAR-T cell against different types of cancer.

Jade has spent an intense few weeks with researchers in the Ben Towne Center for Childhood Cancer Research, part of Seattle Children’s. The Center is at the forefront of developing immunotherapies to treat childhood cancer. Their goal is to render today’s therapies (chemotherapy, radiation) obsolete until treating childhood cancer is no different than treating an everyday virus. The Center is led by Professor Mike Jensen MD, world-renowned CAR-T therapy innovator and researcher, and one of Carina Biotech’s research leaders.

During her time in Seattle, Jade worked on learning a 7-day process for generating CAR-T cells, how to measure the quality of CAR-T cells and freezing & thawing T cells.

We look forward to welcoming her back to Adelaide and the folds of Carina Biotech to continue our work developing effective CAR-T therapies for solid cancers.

* First photo – Jade at the ‘gum wall’ in Pike Market, Seattle

* Second photo – Jade convinced her new friends and colleagues to participate in ‘flanny Friday’, a tradition in the McColl lab.