Category Archives: Meet Our Champions

Sterols and scuba diving: meet Isabelle Capell-Hattam

Isabelle Capell-Hattam is an accomplished PhD candidate in UNSW School of Biotechnology and Biomolecular Sciences (UNSW BABS) and a Woman in Maths and Science Champion. In her research, she is interested in understanding the molecular mechanisms regulating cholesterol production in the human body. Originally from…

A chemist with a passion for scicomm: Meet Sam

By Charuni Pathmeswaran Sam is a chemist with a special interest in drug development. She is also a teaching fellow in chemistry with a passion for science communication. When not doing her PhD, Sam enjoys learning about behavioural science of animals, which helps…

Meet Fatima, a woman with vision

Fatima is a 2nd year PhD student at School of Optometry & Vision Science, UNSW and proud women champion. Her research focuses on developing methods to understand the structure and function of oil producing glands that prevent eyes from getting dry. Her research…

Microbiology meets Jurassic Park: introducing Emma Harding

Emma Harding is a UNSW Woman in Maths and Science Champion and a passionate paleovirologist. Her PhD research is a unique combination of virology and evolutionary biology, focussing on the distribution, evolution and function of endogenous viral elements in vertebrate genomes. With an interest in marsupials, she investigates the…

Space invaders and their success: meet Zoe

Zoe is a third-year PhD student at the UNSW School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences, focusing on invasive plant species. Her research involves a lot of fieldwork in a range of environments, spanning 6 countries and 2 continents. She comes to university…

A marine biologist with a passion for coastal management: Meet Thay

By Charuni Pathmeswaran Thay is a marine biologist investigating the impacts of the 2019/20 Black Summer fires on estuaries.  Prior to pursuing her PhD in Australia, she completed her Honour’s and Master’s degrees in Brazil. She has worked on projects involving population dynamics, primary productivity,…

Disentangling decision making: Meet Tehilla

by Charuni Pathmeswaran Tehilla grew up in Israel, moved to Switzerland at 21 to attend university. After completing her bachelor’s in psychology and her master’s in economics and decision making in Switzerland, she moved to Australia with her two kids to pursue a PhD in cognitive psychology. Her research looks into how risk-taking is related to…

Science, sustainability & salsa-dancing: meet Negin Sarmadi

By Allegra Angeloni Negin Sarmadi is a PhD student at the UNSW Centre for Sustainable Materials Research and Technology (SMaRT@UNSW) specialising in waste management and recovery. Negin is one of the talented Women in Maths and Science Champions and is currently working on innovative environmental…

Life after the Champions Program

By Charlotte Beloe Being a part of the UNSW Maths and Science Champions Program this year has been an amazingly enriching experience. Having not yet had the opportunity to try out my new skills I was curious about what life after the 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…