The speaker will be Associate Professor Nathan Pavlos, Deputy Director (Research) and Head, Cellular Orthopaedic Laboratory, Centre for Orthopaedic Research, School of Surgery, University of Western Australia.
Associate Professor Pavlos completed his undergraduate and PhD studies in bone cell biology at UWA. In 2007, he was awarded a NHMRC CJ Martin (Biomedical) Overseas Research Fellowship and carried out his postdoctoral training at the Max Planck Institute (MPI) for Biophysical Chemistry, Germany, from 2007-2009 with Professor Reinhard Jahn, where he worked on the molecular regulation of synaptic vesicle exo-endocytosis in neurons. In 2010, A/Professor Pavlos returned to UWA to form his own laboratory within the Centre for Orthopaedic Research.
A/Professor Pavlos’ current research interests focus on the molecular mechanisms of bone-resorbing osteoclasts, the major cellular protagonists underlying a number of highly debilitating musculoskeletal diseases including osteoporosis, osteoarthritis, Paget's disease and tumour-mediated bone loss. Along with his focus on osteoclasts and bone biology, he also has a long-standing interest in the molecular regulation and dynamics of protein trafficking, a process essential for normal cellular function and often perturbed in many different diseases.
A light lunch and refreshments will follow the presentation.