Guests: Dr Donna Lee Marçal
Presenter: Tabetha Moreto
Guests Bio: Dr Donna Lee Marçal is a biochemist and a Co-founder of Dermatonics. Donna completed her PhD in Biochemistry at the University of Ottawa. As a result of being awarded 2 different international research fellowships, her work on inflammation and how the body reacts to polyurethanes led her to conduct part of her research at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia. Her work on the proteomic investigation of how proteins change and are influenced by various polyurethanes interacting with inflammatory human macrophages led to further collaboration and multiple publications in highly respected research journals. She was awarded her PhD in 2007 and promptly moved to Australia to continue her work at the Australian Institute of Bioengineering and Nanotechnology (Brisbane, QLD). She was then awarded a National Science & Engineering Research Council (Canada) Post-Doctoral Fellowship and began to work with Prof Leonard Kritharides and Prof Wendy Jessup of the Macrophage Biology Group at the University of New South Wales. She continued this research into macrophages, protein secretion, cholesterol and atherosclerosis and has done so until 2016 with further publications in the field. She is now the driving force behind Dermatonics (by Sentryca Pty Ltd) and the research behind its products.
Segment overview: Dermatonics is a creator of high quality, Australian-made, natural skin care products that are great for sensitive skin. Dr Marçal talks about how to fix skin issues, like adult acne, which may be triggered by chemicals in skin care products.