Category Archives: Meet Our Champions

Shedding light on chemistry: Meet Laura Wimberger

By Inna Osmolovsky Laura is a third year PhD student in the School of Chemistry. Her research focuses on photo-switches: molecules that reversibly change their structure when exposed light. These reversible structural changes can be used in the development of smart materials, to…

The brain activities in goal-directed learning: Meet Sophia Liang

By Vina Putra Sophia is a PhD candidate in the School of Psychology, UNSW. Her research looks into how the brain learns to perform specific actions in order to produce certain outcomes, otherwise known as goal-directed behaviour. In particular, she studies the activity…

Climate science for a better world: meet Rachael Isphording

By Inna Osmolovsky Rachael Isphording is a Scientia PhD candidate in the Climate Change Research Center at UNSW (affiliated with the ARC Centre of Excellence for Climate Extremes). She studies climate science and climate adaptation. These fields focus on understanding how and why…

Your science in one minute! Can you do it?

By Vina Putra, Wanutcha (Soon) Lorpaiboon and Inna Osmolovsky On June 24th, our champions had a chance to test their storytelling abilities, by participating in the 1 Minute Thesis Showcase. The challenge is to tell about your research in 1 minute. Vina, Soon…

Detecting lung diseases through breath analysis: Meet Merryn Baker

By Vina Putra Merryn is a Scientia PhD candidate in the School of Chemistry, UNSW. Her research focuses on analysing chemicals in the breath for the detection of lung diseases such as lung cancer. This could ultimately present a cheaper, non-invasive way to…

Women in their element

By Inna Osmolovsky When we think of fieldwork, we usually think of the idyllic images of scientists engulfed by nature and breathtaking scenery. Fieldwork is indeed amazing, but it is also very challenging. Some challenges are unique for women and members of other…

Functionalising materials with protein nanowires, from tissue engineering to biobattery: Meet Nga Lam

By Vina Putra Nga is a Scientia PhD Candidate at the School of Biotechnology and Biomolecular Sciences (BABS), UNSW. Her research focuses on engineering proteins with metal ions to create nanosized wires that can be used to provide electroconductivity and to functionalise materials…

A Blog of One’s Own – Meet the 2022 Editors!

By Wanutcha (Soon) Lorpaiboon, Maureen Thompson, Inna Osmolovsky, Divya Shah, and Vina Putra Women make up only 22% of enrolments in STEM courses in Australian universities and only 28% of our nation’s STEM workforce, with men outnumbering women 3:1 in management positions (STEM…

Where there’s smoke, there’s fire: Meet Suki

By Octavia Soegyono Sukanya (Suki) Jaiswal is pursuing a PhD in Optometry at University of New South Wales (UNSW). She completed her Bachelor of Optometry/Bachelor of Science in 2013 and has worked as a clinical optometrist since in both Sydney and Canberra. She…

Adolescent mental health x digital intervention: Meet Savannah

By Charuni Pathmeswaran Savannah Minihan is a Scientia PhD researcher exploring adolescent mental health and the development of novel digital prevention interventions. Savannah is an accomplished UNSW Woman in Maths and Science Champion and is keen to make an impactful change in the…