Researcher update: Dr Ana Janic
Cure Cancer Australia congratulate Dr Ana Janic on her new research venture.
Ana was funded by Cure Cancer Australia, supported by the Can Too Foundation, in 2014 for her project which studied the tumour suppressor gene, p53, in order to understand how it protects people from developing cancer.
This year Ana had a paper published in Nature Medicine, one of the world’s highest-ranking journals, directly as a consequence of the work that was supported by that project. She and her colleagues have discovered how p53 is able to stop the development of lymphoma – a type of blood cell cancer – and potentially other types of cancer as well. At the time the paper was released, Ana said it was the first time a study had explained how p53 was able to prevent cancer growth.
Now, in the next step for her career, Ana has been offered a tenure-track professor position in Barcelona. She has decided to take this opportunity to return home and start her own research group. ‘I will say, one more time, that my Cure Cancer Investigator grant helped me finish the project recently published in Nature Medicine, and helped me get my fellowships during my postdoctoral stay here in Australia’ says Anna.
We are sorry to see her go, but sure that she will continue her productive collaborations with her colleagues at Walter and Eliza Institute.
Best of luck in your new venture, Ana!