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Dr Elizabeth Verghese

BSc (Hons, Monash), PhD (Monash), GradCertTertEd (VicMelb)

Lecturer, College of Health & Biomedicine

Dr Elizabeth Verghese is a Lecturer and Researcher in biomedical science for the College of Health & Biomedicine, with a primary research interest in how repair occurs after injury.

Dr Verghese completed her PhD by publication in 2010 at Monash University, on an Australian postgraduate award. She published some of the first international reports that a hair-like structure present on kidney cells, the cilium, could potentially drive kidney repair in both mouse models of kidney disease, and in human transplant patients with kidney disease.

Dr Verghese is lead researcher of a group investigating the potential benefit of exercise on patients and animal model of CKD (part of the Collaborative Research Network (CRN) grant scheme). She is also the chief investigator on a Near Miss Early Career Research development grant from Victoria University to investigate the role of the cilium in muscle repair.

Elizabeth was recently awarded the 2013 Victorian Young Achiever award for the BASF Science and Technology category.

Publications

Deane JA, Verghese E, Martelotto LG, Cain JE, Galtseva A, Rosenblum ND, Watkins DN, Ricardo SD (2012) Visualising Renal Primary cilia.Nephrology [Epub ahead of print]

Verghese E, Johnson C, Bertram JF, Ricardo SD, Deane JA. (2012) The fate of bone marrow derived cells carrying a Polycytic Kidney disease mutation in the genetically normal kidney BMC Nephrol. [Epub ahead of print]

Verghese E, Zhuang J, Saiti D, Ricardo SD, Deane JA, (2011) In vitro investigation of renal epithelial injury suggests that primary cilium length is regulated by hypoxia inducible mechanisms , Cell Biology International. 35(9):909-13. (Impact Factor 1.4)

Verghese E, Ricardo SD, Weidenfeld R, Zhuang J, Hill PA, Langham RG, Deane JA (2009) Renal primary cilia lengthen after acute tubular necrosis, Journal of American Society of Nephrology 20(10):2147-53 (Impact factor 9.6)

Verghese E, Weidenfeld R, Bertram JF, Ricardo SD and Deane JA. (2008) Renal cilia display length alterations following tubular injury and are present early in epithelial repair Nephrology Dialysis and Transplantation 23: 834-41. (Impact factor 3.2) (one of four original articles featured in editorial comments)

Wang L, Weidenfeld R, Verghese E, Ricardo SD and Deane JA. (2008) Renal cilium length alterations during ureteral obstruction kidney injury and repair. Journal of Anatomy 213 (2) 79-85 (Impact factor 2.5)

Conference presentations

Verghese E, S Ricardo, Langham R, Hill R, Deane J, Renal cilium length alterations during injury repair and recovery of function in human renal allografts, American Society of Nephrology 2009, San Diego, USA (Poster)

Verghese E, S Ricardo, Langham R, Hill R, Deane J, Renal cilium length alterations during injury repair and recovery of function in human renal allografts, American Society of Nephrology 2008, Philadelphia, USA (Poster)

Verghese E, P Hill, S Ricardo, R Langham, Deane J, Renal cilium length alterations during injury repair and recovery of function in human renal allografts, 44th Annual Scientific Meeting of ANZSN 2008, New Castle, Australia (Poster)

Verghese E, Weidenfeld R, Ricardo S, Bertram J, Deane J, Roles for renal cilia during renal injury and repair, 43rd Annual Scientific Meeting of ANZSN 2007, Gold coast, Australia (Poster)

Verghese E, P Hill, S Ricardo, R Langham, Deane J, Renal cilium length alterations during injury repair and recovery of function in human renal allografts, 43rd Annual Scientific Meeting of ANZSN 2007, Gold coast, Australia (Poster)

Research grants

Dr Elizabeth Verghese, Dr Aaron Peterson, Dr Cedric Lamboley, Professor David Bishop, Professor Glen McConnell and Professor Mike McKenna, 2012, for the project entitled 'The effect of exercise on chronic kidney disease'

Dr Elizabeth Verghese, (CI), Dr Jeremy Drake and Dr Eva-Rachelle Pesce' 2013, Trust company foundation - Betty Lowe Memorial fund for the project entitled 'A novel vaccine for renal cell carcinoma': $12,000

Dr Elizabeth Verghese, Dr Mathew Cooke and A/Prof Alan Hayes 2013, Victoria University Near miss Early Career research grant scheme, for project entitled 'The role of cilia in muscle repair': $29,592

Kulmira Nurgali, Gregory Blatch, Glenn McConell, Peter Ebeling, Hans Westerbeek, Michael McKenna, Iwona Miliszewska, Thomas Yeager, Paul Senior, Andrew McAinch, Alan Hayes, Anthony Zulli, Christopher Shaw, Elizabeth Verghese, Eva-Rachele Pesce and Samy Sakkal, 2012 Victoria university infrastructure grant to purchase a High speed and high performance live-cell confocal imaging system: $225,700

Postgraduate research students and fellows

Completions

Emma Tuckett (Honours) 2012

Current supervision

Troy Gosetti (Honours) 2013

Appearances in the media

Elizabeth's body of knowledge an award winner, Brimbank and North West weekly, 3 July 2013

Doctor does uni proud, St Albans Star, 26 March 2013

Channel seven promotional ads for Winner of Victorian Young achiever award BASF science and technology category

Teaching responsibilities

Lecturer in the College of Health & Biomedicine for Nursing, Paramedics, Biomedical science and other health related students.

Coordination

RBM1528 Human Physiology 2

RBM2104 Pathophysiology and Quality Use of Medicine 1

RBM2205 Pathophysiology and Quality Use of Medicine 2

Areas of expertise

  • Bone marrow derived cell repair
  • Renal repair and Regeneration
  • Role of cilia in repair

Contact details

+61 3 9919 2557