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Malaghan scientist shortlisted for Women of Influence Awards

25 August 2014

Kylie Price has had the honour of being announced on the shortlist for Westpac’s 2014 Women of Influence Awards.

Kylie leads the flow cytometry platform at the Malaghan Institute of Medical Research, where she’s worked for over a decade. During which time, she has earned the respect of those around her and the international community too.

Her team’s role is to support the Institute’s scientists and the technology platforms they use, so researchers get the best out of the technologies on offer and can focus on the research itself.

Kylie is delighted to be shortlisted, "I am thrilled to be a finalist and congratulate all the other candidates. It’s great to see so many New Zealand women doing amazing things. Women are at the forefront of advances in many scientific disciplines, particularly in health and life sciences"

Kylie has been shortlisted due to her work in identifying, negotiating and securing funding for the purchase of a ‘state of the art’ cell sorter – highly specialised technology and the only one of its kind in the southern hemisphere, which arrives in September and which will give all New Zealand scientists the potential to undertake research not previously possible.

Kylie helps connect the Malaghan Institute with leading edge medical research facilities around the world and recently completed a 6-month Technology Transfer Sabbatical in Spain. This visit enabled Kylie to evaluate how one of Europe’s most advanced cancer research institutes, the Spanish National Cancer Centre (CNIO) in Madrid, performs its cell sorting and to gain experience on their instruments. 

In addition, Kylie’s international connections came to the fore last year, when the New Zealand branch of the Australasian Flow Cytometry Group (AFCG) Conference Committee, hosted one of the AFCG’s most successful conferences, in its 36-year history right here in Wellington.

Kylie’s large network attracted some of the biggest international names in flow cytometry to the conference. The conference featured speakers who had never previously presented their work to the Australian Flow Cytometry community. In recognition of her involvement within the international cytometry community, Kylie was voted President-Elect of the AFCG – only the second Kiwi to hold this post in 36 years.