Ms Abigail Bland
Abigail is a third year PhD student at the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology, University of Otago, under the primary supervision of Assoc Prof John Ashton and co-supervisied by Prof Rhonda Rosengren and Assoc Prof Ivan Sammut. Her current research focuses on metformin, commercially developed as a hypoglycemic agent, repurposed for the treatment of anaplastic lymphoma kinase positive lung cancer. This includes in vitro mechanistic analysis and in vivo toxicity and efficacy testing. Abigail has a passion for science outreach, participating in activities such as Hands On Otago, OUASSA, Science Wānanga’s and Pacific Island Oureach programs. She hopes to bring the skills she has learnt from these events to the early career steering committee.