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Di Hughes Lecturer, Rural Human Biosciences

Di is a human bioscience lecturer on the Bendigo campus. Di teaches into first year biology along with the common first year, specifically Human Biosciences B. Di is the regional coordinator for Human Biosciences B. Di also teaches into second year anatomy and is the subject coordinator for Anatomy: Lower and Upper Limbs HBS2ALU. Di's background is gross human anatomy from both a laboratory and academic perspective. Di enjoys university teaching and has interests in promoting lifelong independent learning skills in her students and is committed to multi-campus eduction. Di has submitted her PhD examining the role of erythrocytes (red blood cells) in combating oxidative stress within the body. Oxidative stress leads to damage of cellular components when cells are exposed to reactive oxygen species (free radicals) that exceed the cellular antioxidant capacity. Di investigated biochemical indicators of oxidative stress and also erythrocyte shape in healthy subjects, as well as people with rheumatoid arthritis or Parkinson's disease.

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