Kitty Ho

What is your current position, and what do you do?
I am currently a Postdoctoral Research Associate at UNSW Chemistry. My research involves developing antibacterial coatings/surfaces to prevent bacterial infections on medical devices.
 
Describe your study/employment pathway so far
I completed my BSc (Hons) in Nanotechnology at UNSW in 2008. It was during my honours year that got me interested in research. I was fortunate to have had the opportunity to work on a project that I found really interesting and had potential to make positive changes the world. I then continued with the research and obtained my PhD in Chemistry at UNSW in 2013 under the supervision of Prof. Naresh Kumar. After that I was offered a position to continue the research at UNSW and have been working here ever since.
 
What has been your biggest challenge, career-wise?
My biggest challenge is to get into doing Microbiology and animal experiments with minimal biology background. I was very lucky to have very supportive mentors and colleagues to help me throughout.
 
What achievement are you most proud of?
Once I have acquired some knowledge in Microbiology, I was able to design an experiment to prove a concept that no one has done before, and the result has led to a publication in a high-impact journal.
 
What do you believe are the greatest attributes of a successful scientist?
I believe a successful scientist should be passionate about Science, be creative, persevere, able to think critically and be open to learn new things in other disciplines.
 
What are your interests outside of work?
I love to travel and bake cakes.
 
What helps you achieve a work-life balance?
Family and great friends. I can always count on my friends for stopping me from getting too stressed out from work.
 
What advice would you give to students starting their science careers?
Be open-minded about learning new things. Don’t be afraid to ask questions and talk to people outside your social circle. What is your current position, and what do you do?
I am currently a Postdoctoral Research Associate at UNSW Chemistry. My research involves developing antibacterial coatings/surfaces to prevent bacterial infections on medical devices.
 
Describe your study/employment pathway so far
I completed my BSc (Hons) in Nanotechnology at UNSW in 2008. It was during my honours year that got me interested in research. I was fortunate to have had the opportunity to work on a project that I found really interesting and had potential to make positive changes the world. I then continued with the research and obtained my PhD in Chemistry at UNSW in 2013 under the supervision of Prof. Naresh Kumar. After that I was offered a position to continue the research at UNSW and have been working here ever since.
 
What has been your biggest challenge, career-wise?
My biggest challenge is to get into doing Microbiology and animal experiments with minimal biology background. I was very lucky to have very supportive mentors and colleagues to help me throughout.
 
What achievement are you most proud of?
Once I have acquired some knowledge in Microbiology, I was able to design an experiment to prove a concept that no one has done before, and the result has led to a publication in a high-impact journal.
 
What do you believe are the greatest attributes of a successful scientist?
I believe a successful scientist should be passionate about Science, be creative, persevere, able to think critically and be open to learn new things in other disciplines.
 
What are your interests outside of work?
I love to travel and bake cakes.
 
What helps you achieve a work-life balance?
Family and great friends. I can always count on my friends for stopping me from getting too stressed out from work.
 
What advice would you give to students starting their science careers?
Be open-minded about learning new things. Don’t be afraid to ask questions and talk to people outside your social circle.

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