Hui Xin Ong (YY) was awarded the degree Doctor of Philosophy by the University of Sydney in an official graduation ceremony. YY started her PhD in 2010 in the Faculty of Pharmacy under the supervision of Paul Young, Daniela Traini (WIMR) and Mary Bebawy (UTS). YY submitted her thesis, entitled 'TRANSPORT MECHANISMS OF INHALED CIPROFLOXACIN FORMULATIONS ACROSS CALU-3 LUNG EPITHELIA' within 3 years of commencing. Dr YY has been employed at the Woolcock Institute of Medical Research (WIMR) since March 2013 as a Postdoctorate Researcher in Respiratory Technology. YY has made an outstanding achievement as an early career researcher and has already published 7 research articles in high impact journals within her field, as well as a number of peer reviewed full conference papers. YY has been awarded a European Respiratory Society Postdoctoral fellowship and will move to the UK in early 2014 to commence a clinical focussed research project with Prof Joy Conway’s group in the area of medical imaging.