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Dr Rena Hirani

Dr Rena Hirani

Research Fellow

Product Usage Research Group

Dr Rena Hirani is a Research Fellow in clinical research at the Lifeblood.

She is analysing the molecular changes which occur in patients who receive a blood transfusion, including trauma patients and transfusion dependent paediatric and adult patients. She also has a project analysing the use of genotyping techniques to match blood components more closely between patients and donors. Rena is also analysing the clinical usage patterns for high demand blood components.

It is expected that this research will provide enhanced understanding of blood component usage and safety and improving transfusion related outcomes for patients.

Rena obtained her PhD in biochemistry and molecular biology from the University of Adelaide.  Prior to joining the Lifeblood, she worked as a postdoctoral fellow designing DNA nanomachines for point of care diagnosis and in development biology.

Awards and Leadership

  • Travel scholarship to attend HAA meeting (2016)
  • Research grant from BioPlatforms Australia (2015/2016)
  • Singapore trauma conference – best free paper oral presentation (2015)
  • Local judge for The University of Sydney summer student dean awards (2015)
  • Nomination for employee award Australian Red Cross Lifeblood (2012)



Other links: Pubmed | Twitter

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