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Maria Jelinic NHMRC Early Career Fellow, Physiology Anatomy & Microbiology

It is estimated that 80-90% of cases of chronic kidney disease are undiagnosed. This is because kidney disease can be largely asymptomatic whereby up to 90% of kidney function is lost before the disease is detected. By this stage, the condition is irreversible with dialysis or kidney transplantation the only viable treatment options. Dr Maria Jelinic hopes to make this a problem of the past. Her research is aimed at developing better therapies and early detection procedures and for chronic kidney disease patients.

Maria is a joint NHMRC and National Heart Foundation Early Career Fellow at La Trobe University. She has an MSc (2011) and PhD (2017) in vascular physiology (both completed at the University of Melbourne). In her short career to date, she has produced 17 publications (with over 280 citations), and secured over $630,000 in competitive funding. She is also passionate about training the next generation of scientists to build on Australia’s capacity in biomedical research and has over 7 years’ experience training both undergraduate and HDR students in physiology.

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