Category Archives: Meet Our Champions

Meet Joanne: Caring for youth with e-health technologies

Interviewed by Sara Loo Joanne Beames is currently a post-doctoral researcher and clinical psychology registrar at the Black Dog Institute. She is passionate about seeing results come out of the work she does with school students. As one of our ECR cohort, we…

From Corals to Antarctica: Carol has followed her love of microorganisms around the world

Interview by Charlotte Beloe Carolina Gutiérrez-Chávez is a Scientia PhD Candidate and one of our UNSW Women in Maths and Science Champions. She has always believed that following her passions is important and this week we got to find out how that has…

Medicine, microbiomes and mutations – Meet Natalia

Interview by Sara Loo Understanding cancer has been on the heart of Early Career Champion Natalia Castaño Rodríguez ever since she was a clinician in her home country of Colombia. She moved to Sydney in 2009 to pursue research and has quickly established…

A glitch in the matrix – meet Sara, the woman using maths to understand bacterial evolution

By Charlotte Beloe Most of us have a preconceived idea of maths as a dry, difficult subject… but is it really? Not according to Sara Loo; Research Associate in the School of Biotechnical and Biomolecular Science (BABS) and one of our Early Career…

Mad materials science

By Sara Loo Caitlin Healy is a lecturer in Materials Sciences and one of our Early Career Researcher Champions. She remembers always being interested in science, and certain moments stick out for her as having cultivated this passion for science. Thinking back on her…

Meet a Wonder Woman – Tasmia Zaman

By Akasha Kaleem   Tasmia Zaman is an international student who has come all the way from Bangladesh to pursue a PhD degree in Materials science and engineering. Her field of research is on lead-free Piezoelectric ceramics. She likes to make new friends…

A sight for sore eyes – Meet Zahra Tajbakhsh

By Mahjabeen Khan Are you brave enough to travel 10,000km away from home to pursue your dream? Zahra Tajbakhsh is! Growing up in Fars province, Iran, Zahra always excelled academically in science subjects, so much that her family nickname was Dr Zahra. Years…

Most little girls draw flowers. This little girl drew 2-Acetoxybenzoic acid

Basmah Almohaywi

By Lisa Nivison-Smith From drawing chemical structures on the back of Panadol packets when she was a little girl to now developing drugs which may replace antibiotics, PhD candidate Basmah Almohaywi, has come a long way on her science journey. Originally hailing from Saudi…

Flying a long way to help the short-sighted – Ornella Mekountchou

Ornella

By Munkhshur Myekhlai Meet Ornella Mekountchou. Hailing all the way from Cameroon, Ornella has been interested in maths and science since her childhood. Her interests led her to India where she graduated as an optometrist from the Bausch and Lomb School of Optometry…

Microbes and Magnolias – Meet Mahjabeen Khan 

By Zahra Tajbakhsh  Microbiologist Mahjabeen Khan first became interested in bacteria when she realised these unseen organisms caused so much illness in the world. Her interests led her to a degree in microbiology at Hazara University, Pakistan then a job in poultry research organization…