Category Archives: Meet Our Champions

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…

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…