Meet the Researcher

Mr Xin Lin

Menzies Institute for Medical Research, TAS

Mr Xin Lin Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Menzies Institute for Medical Research, University of Tasmania.

The lived experiences of people affected by MS drew Mr Lin to MS research, and he wants to make a difference by applying his research skills to facilitate better treatment and management strategies for MS.

Mr Lin draws in his spare time and enjoys the challenge and the problem-solving aspect of research, and working with brilliant colleagues and collaborators who share the same passion for research.

About Mr Xin Lin

Tell us an interesting fact about yourself
I enjoy being outdoors, and I love to draw in my spare time.
What inspired you to get involved in MS research?
The lived experiences of people affected by MS have drawn me to MS research, and I want to make a difference by applying my research skills to facilitate better treatment and management strategies for MS.
What do you think has been the most exciting development in MS research?
I am excited about the discovery of genetic risk factors for MS, and our progress in understanding how they might contribute to MS through different biological mechanisms.
Tell us about your current research project
My current project will analyse large “multi-omics” data (multiple biological data types) and clinical data to provide a better understanding of the genetic and molecular basis of MS.
Why is your research important and how will it influence the understanding and treatment of MS?
Outputs from this work could help identify novel markers of disease (known as “biomarkers”) as targets for translational research and clinical trials, which may contribute to developing better diagnostics to detect MS earlier as well as increasing precision in disease monitoring and treatments for MS.
What do you enjoy most about working in the lab and what are some of the challenges you face?
Research can be challenging in that it takes patience and resilience to make a breakthrough discovery. However, I do enjoy the challenge and the problem-solving aspect of research, and also that I get to work with brilliant colleagues and collaborators who share the same passion for research.
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