Favourite Thing: My favourite things to do in science is to work at the bench, which is where we do all of our hands on science experiments. When I put on my lab coat and go into the lab, I get the chance to see things that I’ve never seen before and to find ways to find answer questions (hypotheses) that will help us to explain infertility. I also love to see other people present their science, and I love to travel overseas to meetings to talk about my science!!
Woodville High School, SA (Graduated: 2000)
University of Adelaide, SA (2001-2009) Bachelor of Biomedical Science (2003) Honours (2004) PhD (2009)
France (2009-2010): INRA (Postdoc); United States (2010-2012): Baylor College of Medicine (Postdoc)
Robinson Institute, University of Adelaide, SA. (https://www.adelaide.edu.au/robinson-institute/)
Now I work as a postdoc back in Australia, which means that I carry out my own research in the lab and work in a big team of people that are trying to help women who have problems getting pregnant.
Me and my work
I use a mouse model to try and work out the reasons that some women have more trouble trying to get pregnant than others. The reason we use mice is because they are cheap and have lots and lots of babies really quickly!! :)
Sometimes, I even make balloon animals for kids at science expos. This was Science Alive in August 2012.
My Typical Day
I usually work in the lab most days, so I usually get in early and plan the days experiments. My work uses a mouse model, so most days i also visit my mice in the mouse house! :) I also spend lots of time talking about science with the students and other researchers in my lab.
Here is where I work each day!
What I'd do with the money
How would you describe yourself in 3 words?
Funny, loud, adventurous!
Who is your favourite singer or band?
Kings of Leon!
What is the most fun thing you've done?
Well, on a holiday in New Zealand, I went on a helicopter ride, white water rafting, bungee jumping, jet boating and skydiving all in one day! It was AMAZING!!!
If you had 3 wishes for yourself what would they be? - be honest!
A lifetime supply of sprinkle donuts… and my own private jet so I could travel whenever I wanted… and and endless supply of money to do all the science experiments I wanted!!
What did you want to be after you left school?
A chef. And I still absolutely love to cook!
Were you ever in trouble in at school?
I wasn’t in trouble alot, but I’ve always liked to make people laugh, so sometimes I would get into trouble for trying to make everyone laugh by doing something silly!
What's the best thing you've done as a scientist?
The best thing I’ve done as a scientist is lived in three countries! That’s one of the best things about science, that it’s done in every country and that you get to travel a lot!!
Tell us a joke.
Football, Cricket, Basketball