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Dr Jakob Begun joins Mater Research

Friday, 28 February 2014

Dr Jakob Begun joins Mater Research

American researcher Dr Jakob Begun has joined Mater Research to continue his investigations into human microbe interactions and the genetics of Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD), and how to translate this into a better understanding of the disease and future therapeutics.

Dr Begun, who completed his medical degree and his PhD program at Harvard University, said he was attracted to working at Mater Research because of the strong expertise within the organisation.

“Professor Tim Florin is very well known in the field of gastroenterology, as is Professor Mike McGuckin in the field of immunology,” he said. “I was very much drawn to the expertise within Mater Research.”

Dr Begun also believes Mater Research’s clinical links is of great benefit for researchers.

“Being linked to the hospital, Mater provides great clinical facilities, so there is a wealth of patient-clinician-scientist focused research opportunities available.”

Dr Begun joins Mater Research following seven years at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, but it is not his first time living in Australia. He first experienced Australia in unusual circumstances.

“As a 14-year-old, my parents sold our house in the United States and we sailed around the Pacific for two years,” he said. “We eventually stopped in Sydney where I completed Year 11 and 12, before heading back to America for university.”

“My parents and brother still live in Australia so it is a great bonus to join the Mater Research team and be near family too.”

Dr Begun will work at both TRI and Aubigny Place. 

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