5 Minutes with Dr Louise Jackett
27 April 2016
To educate the next generation of melanoma researchers and doctors, MIA offers a number of unique clinical and research-based Fellowships each year. They are made possible thanks to the generosity of our donors.
Dr Louise Jackett is our 2016 Jani Haenke Melanoma Pathology Fellow.
Why did you apply for our Fellowship program?
I was drawn to the Melanoma Pathology Fellowship at MIA for the chance to work with a team at the forefront of melanoma research. Also, the diagnosis of melanoma and other melanocytic lesions under the microscope can be very difficult and this role allows me to learn from the best.
Tell us about your role with MIA?
I combine research activities and reporting of melanoma cases. Many of these cases are for patients treated at MIA but some are difficult cases that have come from pathologists nation-wide or internationally for expert opinion and I find these challenging and very interesting.
What drives you to come to work each day?
I find huge value in providing important information about patients’ health conditions. I also stay mindful of the generous donors who make my position possible.
Where did you work before coming to MIA?
I undertook my primary medical degree (MBBS, BMedSci) at the University of Tasmania and moved to Melbourne when I was a resident medical officer. There I pursued my anatomical pathology training over 5 years and recently gained fellowship with the Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia.
What are you hoping to achieve through your Fellowship at MIA?
I am hoping to increase my expertise in the tricky aspects of melanoma diagnosis, such as atypical melanocytic lesions and their distinction from melanoma. During the year I hope to publish on several projects that I am personally driving, as well as collaborating with many other MIA researchers by providing a pathological viewpoint and expertise.
What do you like to do in your spare time?
I like to counteract my sedentary microscope work by being very active! I love running, cycling and yoga.
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