Dr Tinte Itinteang MBBS, PhD, Chief Scientific Officer
- Dr Tinte Itinteang is the Chief Scientific Officer at the GMRI
- Dr Itinteang’s current research projects include the:
- Role of stem cells in head and neck squamous cell carcinoma
- Role of stem cells and the renin-angiotensin system in vascular anomalies
- Role of the local niche in human fibrosis
Awards and achievements
- Australian and New Zealand Head and Neck Cancer Society Research Foundation Prize, 2014
- National Stem Cell Foundation of Australia Conference Education Award to attend the 2013 Australasian Society for Stem Cell Research Annual Conference, Brisbane, Australia, 2013
- Foundation for Surgery ANZ Journal of Surgery Scholarship, Royal Australasian College of Surgeons, 2013
- Emmett Prize for the best research presentation at SET 2-5 Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery Registrars’ Conference, Brisbane, Australia, 2012
- International Award for the Best Basic Science Presentation by a Resident, Congress International Confederation for Plastic Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery, Vancouver, Canada, 2011
- Post-graduate Research Excellence Award in the Category of Science, Engineering, Architecture and Design, Victoria University of Wellington, Wellington, New Zealand, 2010
- Gold Award for the Best Student Publication in Cell and Molecular Biology, School of Biological Sciences, Victoria University of Wellington, Wellington, New Zealand, 2010
- Award for the Best Basic Science Paper, New Zealand Association of Plastic Surgeons’ Annual Scientific Meeting, Auckland, New Zealand, 2010
- John Mulliken Prize for the Best Basic Science Presentation, International Society for the Study of Vascular Anomalies, Brussels, Belgium, 2010
- Foundation for Surgery Scholarship, Royal Australasian College of Surgeons, 2009
- Member of the Royal Society of New Zealand
- Member of Australasian Society for Stem Cell Research
- Member of International Society for the Study of Vascular Anomalies
Dr Itinteang received a scholarship to study medicine at the University of Melbourne. Upon completion of his medical degree he migrated to Wellington, where he completed his medical residency doing a variety of rotations in medical and various surgical specialties at Masterton, Hutt and Wellington Hospitals. He then studied under the tutelage of Dr Swee Tan and Dr Darren Day at Victoria University of Wellington, completing his PhD in infantile haemangioma.
Dr Itinteang’s research interests focus on the role of stem cells and their niche in a variety of human diseases, including strawberry birthmarks and cancer. His work in strawberry birthmarks, the discovery of the role of stem cells regulated by the renin-angiotensin system and the discovery of cancer stem cells in head and neck cancer, have been recognised by a number of national and international science awards.
The author of numerous publications in peer-reviewed journals, Dr Itinteang believes that it is through the combination of cutting edge technology and understanding the role of disease specific stem cells that safer and more effective treatments of diseases will be developed.