Griffith University

Pulari Thangavelu

Name: Pulari Thangavelu
Position: Research Fellow
Research Area: Cancer
Qualifications: BE, MEng, PhD (thesis under review)

Biography: Pulari obtained her Bachelor of Engineering (Chemical Engineering) from the M.S. Ramaiah Institute of Technology, India in 2011. She then worked as a Research Assistant, at the Dept. of Chemical Engineering in the Indian Institute of Science, computationally investigating the role of hypermutation in controlling HIV infection. In 2014, she received her Master of Engineering (Chemical Engineering) degree from the University at Buffalo, State University of New York, USA. She then moved to Australia to pursue a Doctor of Philosophy at the University of Queensland Diamantina Institute. Her doctoral thesis focussed on identifying and validating novel potential therapeutic targets to treat breast cancer. Pulari joined the Discovery Biology team in July 2018 as a member of the Cancer Therapeutics CRC (CTx) team.

Other:

Publications:

  • Thangavelu PU, Gupta V, Dixit NM (2014) Estimating the fraction of progeny virions that must incorporate APOBEC3G for suppression of productive HIV-1 infection. Virology 449:224-228. Featured article in Virology Highlights.
  • Vaidyanathan S, Thangavelu PU, Duijf. PH (2016) Overexpression of Ran GTPase components regulating nuclear export, but not mitotic spindle assembly, marks chromosome instability and poor prognosis in breast cancer. Targeted Oncology 11:677-686.
  • Thangavelu PU, Krenács T, Dray E, Duijf PH (2016) COL17A1 epigenetic alterations underlie its misexpression and invasion in epithelial cancers. Clinical Epigenetics. 8:120. UQDI Publication of the month award.
  • Thangavelu PU, Vaidyanathan S, Lin CY, Nguyen T, Dray E, Duijf. PH (2017) CENP-I overexpression marks chromosome instability and poor prognosis in estrogen receptor-positive breast cancer. Oncotarget 8:62167-182. UQDI Publication of the month award.

Awards and Scholarships:

  • 2017 University of Queensland Diamantina Institute Publication of the month award
  • 2017 Winner of poster award at the Translational Poster Symposium, Translational Research Institute, Brisbane, Australia
  • 2016 University of Queensland Diamantina Institute Publication of the month award
  • 2016 Scientific poster award at the New Zealand Society for Oncology conference, Palmerston North, New Zealand
  • 2016 Runner-up and People’s choice awards at the UQDI Heat – Three Minute Thesis Competition
  • 2015 Training fellowship, UQDI, Australia
  • 2014-17 University of Queensland International scholarship
  • 2012-13 Presidential fellowship, University at Buffalo, State University of New York, USA
  • 2011 Award of Excellence, M. S. Ramaiah Institute of Technology, Bangalore, India
  • 2011 University Best Project Award, MSRIT, Bangalore India
  • 2010 Summer Fellowship, National Science Academies of India, India

Travel awards:

  • 2017 Faculty of Medicine Travel scholarship, University of Queensland, Australia
  • 2017 EMBL Australia Postgraduate Symposium Accommodation bursary
  • 2017 Frazer Family Foundation Travel award, Translational Research Institute, Australia
  • 2017 Faculty of Medicine Travel scholarship, University of Queensland, Australia
  • 2017 Faculty of Medicine travel scholarship, University of Queensland, Australia
  • 2016 Student travel award, University of Queensland Diamantina Institute, Australia

Conferences:

  • Thangavelu PU, Reid LE, Lim M, Molaei M, McCart Reed AE, Saunus JM, Simpson PT, Lakhani SR, Duijf PH. 13th International conference of the Asian Clinical Oncology Society, Chiang Mai, Thailand, Feb 2018.
  • Thangavelu PU, Nierfeld M, Rethinam M, Dray E, Duijf PH. EMBL Australia Postgraduate Symposium, Australia, Sydney, Nov 2017.
  • Thangavelu PU, Nierfeld M, Rethinam M, Dray E, Duijf PH. 8th Brisbane Cell and Developmental Biology Meeting, Brisbane, Australia, Nov 2017.
  • Thangavelu PU, Reid LE, Lim M, Molaei M, McCart Reed AE, Saunus JM, Simpson PT, Lakhani SR, Duijf PH.  4th Canadian Cancer Research Conference in Vancouver, Canada, Nov 2017.
  • Thangavelu PU, Reid LE, Lim M, Molaei M, McCart Reed AE, Saunus JM, Simpson PT, Lakhani SR, Duijf PH. Princess Alexandra Hospital Health Symposium, Brisbane, Australia, Aug 2017.
  • Thangavelu PU, Reid LE, Lim M, Molaei M, McCart Reed AE, Saunus JM, Simpson PT, Lakhani SR, Duijf PH. Translational Poster Symposium 2017, Translational Research Institute, Brisbane, Australia, July 2017.
  • Thangavelu PU, Vaidyanathan S, Lin CY, Nguyen T, Dray E, Duijf PH. Australian Cell Cycle Meeting 2017, Sydney, Australia, Mar 2017.
  • Thangavelu PU, Krenács T, Dray E, Duijf PH. New Zealand society for oncology conference, Palmerston North, New Zealand, Oct 2016.
  • Thangavelu PU, Krenács T, Dray E, Duijf PH. Australia and New Zealand society for cell and developmental biology meeting, Brisbane, Australia, Sept 2016.
  • Thangavelu PU, Nierfeld M, Rethinam M, Duijf PH. Australia and New Zealand society for cell and developmental biology meeting, Brisbane, Australia, Oct. 2015.
  • Thangavelu PU, Nierfeld M, Rethinam M, Duijf PH. Translation Research Institute symposium, Translation Research Institute, Brisbane, Australia, Sept. 2015.
  • Thangavelu PU, Duijf PH. Translational technical fair, Translation Research Institute, Brisbane, Australia, July 2015.
  • Thangavelu PU, Andreadis S. Chemical and biological engineering graduate research symposium, University of Buffalo, State University of New York, New York, USA, 2013.
  • Thangavelu PU*, Nagaraja N*. Rasayan, Technical Symposium of MSRIT, Bangalore, India, April 2010.

 Professional and other memberships:

  • Student member of ‘Indian Institute of Chemical Engineers’ at Indian Institute of Science.
  • Student member of ‘Society of Chemical Engineers’ at M. S. Ramaiah Institute of Technology.
  • Student member of ‘American Institute of Chemical Engineers’ at University at Buffalo, State University of New York.