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Dr Tan has a BBiomedSci (Therapeutics) and a BSci with Honours degree from the University of Melbourne. She completed her PhD at the University of Melbourne in 2011, focussing on novel therapies to inhibit pathological fibrosis in the heart and kidney failure. Following her PhD, she received the prestigious Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) Postdoctoral Fellowship to continue her work in diabetic complications at Baker Heart & Diabetes Institute with a special interest in the role oxidative stress plays in kidney and eye diseases. In 2014, she joined the Glycation, Nutrition and Metabolism Laboratory led by A/Prof Melinda Coughlan at the Baker Heart & Diabetes Institute and in 2016, she was recruited to Monash University's newly established Department of Diabetes at the Central Clinical School. She is a current recipient of a JDRF Advanced Postdoctoral Fellowship to continue her work on finding new therapeutic targets for diabetic complications. She is a member of Australian Diabetes Society and Australian and New Zealand Society of Nephrology.

Research interests

  • the role of complement C5a-C5aR1 signalling in diabetic complications
  • inflammation in diabetic kidney disease
  • kidney fibrosis and oxidative stress associated with diabetes
  • novel therapies to treat diabetic complications

Research area keywords

  • Diabetes
  • Diabetic Kidney Disease (DKD)
  • Inflammation
  • Oxidative stress
  • Fibrosis
  • Complement


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