On a mission to find a cure

Dr Meghna Talekar

From New Zealand to Boston, Dr Meghna Talekar's research career has taken her on a global adventure. Now based in Brisbane, she's making waves with her nanoparticle platform research.

As the 2017 and 2018 recipient of the prestigious Bruce Miller Arthritis Australia Research Fellowship, Dr Talekar is researching treatments for Rheumatoid Arthritis.

She is also involved in type 1 diabetes research as part of Professor Ranjeny Thomas's team.

“There is a history of diabetes in our family, and so that's something that's really near and dear to me. I had a cousin who was severely affected with diabetes, so treating diabetes - or finding a cure - has been something that has been a driving mission.

“My training is as a pharmaceutical scientist and currently I am working on nanoparticle-based drug delivery for autoimmune diseases.

“I'm currently looking at using nanoparticles for the treatment of several autoimmune diseases, including rheumatoid arthritis and diabetes.

“It would make a tremendous difference in people's lives in terms of the quality of life that they would have and also the cost on the economy in terms of medications or hospitalisations that are involved with these specific conditions."

Dr Meghna Talekar

Dr Talekar, who recently moved to Brisbane, says she's inspired to continue her research to make a difference to people's lives.

“It's a beautiful city to be in. It's always warm, which is really nice, and sometimes it's kind of motivational, because it gives you this inspiration to kind of keep pushing forward, which I personally believe is something really critical for a researcher.

“It's years and years of work with a number of researchers from across the globe to find that cure, and so hopefully we are stepping in that direction to do something for the public.”

Dr Meghna Talekar is one of seven early career researchers profiled for UQ’s 2017 Research Week. To meet the other researchers and learn more about higher degrees at UQ, visit the Research Week page.

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