Category Archives: Meet Our Champions

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…

Green, clean and making particles that can’t be seen – Meet Munkhshur Myekhlai

Munkhsur Myekhlai

By Koumbo Ornella Why is the sky blue? Why are leaves green? Why is the sun bright? These are typical questions we expect from children about the outside world. But not Munkhshur Myekhlai; she was wondering how she could protect the environment of her country…

Quantum Chemistry? Molecular Physics? She can do both! Meet Dr. Laura McKemmish

Dr Laura McKemmish

By Dr Ruth Thomas Dr Laura McKemmish is not just a chemist or a physicist – she’s both! Straddling the boundary of two scientific fields – Laura’s research uses computational methods and theory to tackle the complicated problems in chemistry and physics, looking…

She’s out of this world! Meet Astronomer Dr Mireia Montes Quiles

By Lisa Nivison-Smith After being fascinated by space from a young age, Dr Mireia Montes Quiles is now a researcher at the School of Physics, trying to expand our knowledge of the universe by researching one of its largest components – galaxy clusters. Beyond…

Genetics and Jazz: The Two Sides to Emily Vohralik

By Kristina Fidanovski Emily, like many scientists, leads a double life. She doesn’t begin with that though. When she sits down for this interview, she has an easy smile and ready words to set me at ease (I’ve never interviewed anyone before), and…

Band-aid for a Broken Heart: Kristina Fidanovski’s Adventures with Conjugated Polymers

By Raisa Rafique It was love at first sight for Kristina when she found her current research project at UNSW after multiple lab placement programs. Since then every day for her has been something like a wild quest into unlocking the secrets of the…

The Life of a Mathematical Psychologist: Jenny Sloane

By Emily Vohralik After moving halfway across the world from the US to Australia for her PhD, Jenny has found herself immersed in the world of mathematical psychology. She didn’t expect to be living in Sydney coding all day long, but she loves…

Cooking Up a (Chemical) Storm – Dr Ruth Thomas

By Dr Poppy Watson After finishing her PhD and doing research in medicinal chemistry, Dr Ruth Thomas decided to use her passion and experience in a more education-oriented way. As a technical officer in the teaching laboratories in the School of Chemistry, she…

Standing Tall in Her Field

By Dr Lisa Nivison-Smith Dr Poppy Watson did not always want to be researcher. After a lack-lustre introduction to the world of Psychology at University, she spent the first part of her working life dabbling in sound editing and travelling. Almost a decade…

Combating Dry Eye and Teaching Jui Jitsu

By Dr Lisa Nivison-Smith Meet Dr Emma Gibson – optometrist, researcher, science communicator and Jiu Jitsu instructor Originally hailing from Wales, Emma wanted a new challenge away from her daily life as an optometrist and so travelled halfway across the world to embark…