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Hamsa Puthalakath

Associate Professor, Biochemistry, La Trobe University

I am an academic (teaching and research) in the Department of Biochemistry and Genetics, La Trobe University. After completing PhD in India and Switzerland, I moved to Australia in 1994. For the last 23 years, I have been working in the area of apoptosis or programmed cell death, a fundamental process involved in the aetiology of many human pathologies, including sepsis.
Sepsis research has reached crossroads with more than 100 failed clinical trials. Research is by and large abandoned by Big Pharma (too many of them burned their fingers!). With this scenario in the background, the clinicians are left with trying maintaining the status quo. A fresh beginning is needed and my small research group has heeded the call. We may be up against it but we are at the cusp of finding a cure, at least will not die wondering…


  • –present
    Associate Professor, Biochemistry, La Trobe University