After graduating from Merici College in 1998, I moved to Sydney to do a Bachelor of Medical Science at the University of Sydney and went on to complete Honours and a PhD in Pathology. The aim of my thesis was to investigate and understand how cancer cells invade and spread throughout the body.
After many years of studying (almost 9 years in fact!), I was pleased to finally have a real job as a Postdoctoral Researcher for the Iron Metabolism and Chelation Program at the University of Sydney investigating a genetic condition known as Friedreich's ataxia. I worked there for a couple of years and was given the opportunity to move into a more technical and teaching role which is where I am today. I am currently working at the Australian Centre for Microscopy and Microanalysis (ACMM) providing technical support and training for post-graduate students and staff in a wide range of microscopy techniques. This role allows me to be involved in research projects from many different fields including: biological sciences, medicine, pharmacology, agriculture, engineering and more. Each day, I'm presented with many new and interesting challenges and I never stop learning new things, which is the great thing about science!
I'm grateful for the friends I made and the teachers who supported me and gave me guidance especially in the final years of high school. These people and experiences helped to shape the person I am today.
I have fond memories of the time I spent at Merici College. I'm grateful for the friends I made and the teachers who supported me and gave me guidance especially in the final years of high school. These people and experiences helped to shape the person I am today. I'd like to give special mention and thanks to my maths and chemistry teachers, John Carty and Maria de Lima who were an inspiration to me.
My parents said I was the child who always asked "Why?", so I guess it's no surprise that I ended up with a career in science!