It was an absolute pleasure to chat with three incredible, intelligent and diverse women. From a lawyer, social entrepreneur and business owner, hear the perspectives about the 'Future of Work' from our unique career pathways at the La Trobe University Postgraduate Expo.
It was such a privileged to be invited to open the first La Trobe Postgraduate Expo with a 30 min presentation on my journey in science. What a great opportunity to share my insights being a women in science, and travelling along the PhD rollercoaster.
Being featured in the Herald Sun's 25 Young and Brightest was one of my most proud moments to date. Between the Olympic athletes and business entrepreneurs, this was definitely a humbling moment of self reflection.
Immunology is all around us well, it's within us. Our immune system keeps us healthy and builds us stronger. Hear my experience when I was able to chat with the team at Einstein A Go-Go about infections and immunity.
Everyday billions of cells within our body die through pathways such as apoptosis. Therefore, cell death is embedded within our bodily regulation and disease onset. Hear my first podcast interview with SFS when we talked everything cell death!
What a great day chatting about my research in the lab and experiences as a women in science with the LTU Upstart team.
If you had asked me 20 or even 10 years ago what it meant to be a 'scientist' I would not have known what to say. Unfortunately, this is still the reality for many people, especially the younger generation. So, in September 2017 I began documenting my life as a scientist as Some Blonde Scientist on Instagram, with the hope to challenge the stereotypes of scientists and demonstrate where a love of science can take you.
Among the exciting experiments, overseas conferences and daily lab activities, I strive to portray an honest perception of science and research. Whether that be rejection letters or failed lab work, you will see it all at on my Instagram @someblondescientist.
To celebrate the 2019 International Womens Day, I initiated a project with La Trobe University to showcase the experiences and advice from current Women in Science at the La Trobe Institute for Molecular Science.
- Currently supervising one PhD student and one third-year undergrad student (LIMS, 2019)
- Co-supervised one Honours student (LIMS, 2017).
- Mentored 8 undergraduate students on laboratory placements (LIMS, 2015-2018).
- Biochemical Society Transactions (2019)
- Frontiers in Immunology (2018)
- Scientific Reports (2017)
- Participated in the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute for Medical Research New Faces Symposium (2019).
- Invited podcast interview with the University of Melbourne on Women in STEM (2018).
- Invited guest speaker as a ‘Woman in STEM’ to open the 2018 LTU Post Graduate Expo and invited panelist to discuss the ‘Future of Work’ as the science representative (2018).
- Invited guest speaker for the LTU Subject Selection Fair, Biochemistry session (2018).
- Invited guest lecture for the Biochemistry and Genetics, Honours and Masters cohort (LIMS, 2018 and 2019).
- Invited guest speaker for the LTU Communicating your Research, Audio and Visual workshop (2018).
- Invited video interview as the Biomedical Science representative with LTU media for 2018 Open Day (2018).
- Invited video interview with the student LTU media program Upstart. Interviewed live about a career in research, scientific communications and women in STEM (2018).
- Invited guest speaker at the LTU annual Pearls of Wisdom cocktail evening to share experiences, advice and inspire residential students (2016 - 2018).
- Invited podcast interview with the program Straight from a Scientist (2018).
- Invited interview with LTU media about scientific communications (2018).
- Interviewed on the ABC’s 774 by David Astle about cell death research (2016).
- Invited seminar for the undergraduate program Hallmark addressing skills, challenges and advice for scientific research (LTU, 2015 & 2016).
- Invited as a panelist for the Australian Society for Medical Research Tertiary Careers Evening (2016).
- Invited interview on Triple R’s Einstein a Go-Go to discuss infection and immunity research (2016).
- Invited guest speaker to residential student leaders on leadership skills (LTU, 2015).
- Invited guest speaker to undergraduate Molecular Sciences students to promote post-graduate research (LIMS, 2015).
- Participated in the 3 Minute Thesis competition (LIMS, 2015).
- Interviewed on ABC’s Breakfast radio with Red Symons about cell death research (2015).
- Invited blog piece for the Research Education and Development Alert blog (LTU, 2016 & 2018).
Outreach and community engagement:
- Appointed as the LIMS Fellows Society of Postdoctoral Researchers Communications Officer (2018)
- Organising committee member and judge for the LIMS Fellows Research Symposium (2018).
- Organising committee member for the LIMS Discovery Tour, as a part of the Day of Immunology (LIMS, 2018).
- Invited as a co-chair and co-organiser of a networking session for Australian and Japanese researchers at the Japan and Australia Meeting on Cell Death meeting (Tokyo, 2018).
- Attended the Communicating your Research, Writing and What’s your pitch workshops (LTU, 2018).
- Attended the LIMS Fellows Grants workshop (LIMS, 2017 & 2018).
- LTU Open Day/Open House volunteer, responsible for running laboratory demonstrations, providing course advice and engaging in discussion with future students (LIMS, 2016 & 2017).
- Involved a professional development program for secondary school teachers which involved an oral presentation and demonstration of confocal microscopy (LIMS, 2016).
- Employed as the Residential Assistant Coordinator of Menzies College to manage a team of 14 student leaders (LTU, 2013). This role also included the supervision of approximately 300 residential students with emphasis on mental health, wellbeing, leadership, and rules and regulations.
- Employed as the Social Coordinator of Glenn College to manage a student leadership team of 12 and organise social events and finances (LTU, 2012). Events were catered for approximately 300-900 students.
- Volunteered at the LTU Residential College Open Day and was responsible for residential tours, advice and discussion with students and families (LTU, 2011-2013)
- LIMS Fellows Society of Postdoctoral Researchers member (since 2017).
- Australian Society for Medical Research member (since 2015).
- Australian Society of Immunology member (since 2015).
- Australian Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology member (since 2015).
- International Society for Extracellular Vesicles member (since 2017).
LTU: La Trobe University
LIMS: La Trobe Institute for Molecular Science