The Victoria Prize for Science & Innovation and Victoria Fellowship recipients for 2022 have been announced at an event organised by veski at the Investment Centre Victoria.
Dr Sampa Sarkar from RMIT University has been awarded the Victoria Fellowship 2022 (up to $18,000).
In a statement, Dr Sarkar said:
“Thanks a lot to veski (Victorian Government Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions) for the award of 2022 #Victorian Fellowship. My sincere thanks to all of my mentors and colleagues for showing confidence in me.”
Dr Sarkar’s study expects to develop a fundamental understanding of how the lipidic system (the fatty, waxy, or oily compounds that are essential to many body functions) interacts with a vaccine and its performance.
veski delivers these prestigious prizes and fellowships on behalf of the Victorian Government that shines a spotlight on the inspiring work of leading and emerging researchers in life and physical sciences.
The Victorian Government has supported these awards since 1998 and veski has been delivering these on behalf of the government since 2013.
Victoria’s Minister for Industry and Innovation Ben Carroll MP said:
“These prestigious awards provide the perfect opportunity to not only recognise the achievements of scientists and innovators, but to celebrate them.”
The expected outcomes of Dr Sarkar’s research will benefit future vaccine research, improve Victoria’s capabilities in biotechnology and vaccine development, and lead to better vaccines.
Dr Sarkar will visit the prestigious Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and the Houston Methodist Research Institute in the USA, as part of her research.