The Tynan family is supporting four University of Wollongong students with scholarships for research into antimicrobial research.
Tynan Family Molecular Horizons Honours scholarships of $1000 each are being awarded to Jordan Nicholls who is doing Bachelor of Medical Biotechnology, Callum O' Flaherty who is enrolled in a Bachelor of Medical Biotechnology, Jessica Semken who is doing a Bachelor of Medicinal Chemistry and Nutchaya Noradechanun who is enrolled in a Bachelor of Science- Major in Biotechnology.
UOW received $30,000 from the Michael Tynan Memorial Challenge in 2019 for the molecular life sciences facility Molecular Horizons. The scholarship was established to fund a new collaborative antimicrobial/microbiology research project.
Molecular Horizons has set up research themes to undertake studies and research at a molecular level.
And the Michael Tynan Memorial Challenge donation will support undergraduate student research groups looking into motor neurone disease, Alzheimer's, cancer therapeutics, molecular neuroscience and protein aggregation related diseases.
As part of the collaborative research, UOW researchers have also received grants of $4000 per MH group to support the project costs associated with the antimicrobial research.
The $4000 grants on collaborative research have been awarded to Professors Paul Keller and Stephen Pyne, Associate Professors Martina Sanderson-Smith and Aaron Oakley, Dr Andrew Robinson and Professor Michael Kelso and Dr Gkhan Tolun.
The four research projects will directly support the research being done by the student recipients of the scholarships and the grants will ensure the students get the highly specialised materials they need for research.
Tynan Motors Group director Madeline Tynan said the family run business would continue to be associated with UOW's health and research facilities.
"As a family, we are passionate about giving back to the Illawarra community and as our business grows in the Illawarra region, we are delighted to support the development taking place in the medical research facilities at UOW," Ms Tynan said.
The MH facility has already used $2,000 in funding to support a Wollongong-based scientific symposium, Bugs by the Beach, which was held in November 2019.
The symposium allowed researchers from across NSW and the ACT, including many students, to come together and discuss the latest developments in microbiology and AMR research.
The remaining $8,000 will be used to support student research projects that have been severely disrupted by the on-going COVID crisis.
UOW deputy vice-chancellor research and innovation Professor Jennifer L Martin thanked the Tynan family for contributing to the university's success in AMR research.
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