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Being a mum helps being a better scientist: Meet Rebecca Gelding

Rebecca Gelding is currently completing her PhD at Macquarie University in Sydney. She is a part-time student, and full-time mum to two young children. She has always been fascinated by both music and the brain, and still thinks it’s pretty … Continue reading

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Mathematics is my science of choice: Meet Ruth Luscombe

Ruth Luscombe is a research mathematician who works in a hospital. She has a PhD in a branch of mathematics known as Operations Research, which she earned in the School of Mathematical Sciences at QUT. Her research examined dynamic logistics … Continue reading

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Fascinated by the marine world: Meet Megan Saunders

Megan is an ecologist, oceanographer and conservation scientist. Her research focuses on the effects of environmental variability and human activities on coastal ecosystems, with the aim of guiding management and policy. Her strength in cross-disciplinary work is evident by successful … Continue reading

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Science gives me a sense of meaning: Meet Joan Vaccaro

Joan Vaccaro is a physicist at Griffith University in Brisbane.  Her research interests encompass all manner of things in quantum physics.  She is naturally attracted to the deeper conceptual issues but she also maintains an active interest in developing practical … Continue reading

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Combing citizen science, ecology, and computer science: Meet Jessie Cappadonna

Jessie is currently a PhD student at the Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane, Australia. Her research is on how to engage people with citizen science, focusing on environmental acoustics using collaborative design strategies. Jessie is also a management committee … Continue reading

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Saliva holds the key to our heath: Meet Chamindie Punyadeera

Associate Professor Chamindie Punyadeera is a globally acknowledged pioneer in salivary diagnostics. She leads a world-class research laboratory in Australia, the Saliva Translational Research (STaR) laboratory within the Queensland University of Technology. Her team of over 12 researchers focuses on … Continue reading

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Winding back the clock with palaeontology: Meet Caitlin Syme

Caitlin Syme is a PhD Candidate at the University of Queensland. Her area of research is palaeontology, but more specifically, taphonomy – the science of death, decay, and how animal remains turn in to fossils. She thinks of taphonomy as … Continue reading

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Trying to outsmart the microbes that outsmart our immune system: Meet Kate Seib

Kate Seib is a Microbiologist dedicated to improving public health. After obtaining her PhD in Microbiology from the University of Queensland, she worked for 7 years at Novartis Vaccines in Siena Italy as a Postdoctoral Researcher and Project Leader. She … Continue reading

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Chemistry can provide a sustainable world: Meet Rosalie Hocking

Rosalie completed her PhD in physical and inorganic chemistry from the University Sydney in 2004.  She immediately took up a postdoctoral position at Stanford University and Stanford Synchrotron radiation laboratory, developing a range of synchrotron based spectroscopic techniques.  Since returning to … Continue reading

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You can get tired of moving around: Meet Wiebke Frey

Wiebke Frey is a meteorologist working as a PostDoc at the Centre for Atmospheric Science at the University of Manchester. She studied (ice) clouds from different perspectives: Measurements performed on board research aircraft, numerical simulations on high performance computers, and … Continue reading

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