Fulbright Scholar in Analytical Chemistry, 3rd Year Scientia PhD
As a lifelong musician with a keen interest in applied science, I completed a Dual Honours degree in Music and Chemistry, a rare combination which luckily UNSW had on offer. Having seen the impact of my chemistry Honours project (where my method could separate chiral molecules on a millisecond timescale), I decided to pursue a PhD in the same field under A/Prof. Alex Donald.
Now as a PhD student, one of the things that I love about my project is how the outcomes will have a real and meaningful impact to society. In essence, my research involves identifying the chemical ‘smell’ of people and being able to diagnose diseases such as Parkinson’s through innovations in chemical instrumentation. My passion for real-world chemistry applications has also led to my enthusiasm for research translation where we take successes in the lab and bring them to market. UNSW Chemistry has also led a strong and sustaining Outreach program, which I’ve been fortunate to be a part of, where the joys of chemistry learning is showcased to the next generation of scientists.
Having spent over 8 years at UNSW Chemistry, you can never stand still. Every day is a different day as you gain a diverse set of skills ranging from critical thinking and creativity to leadership and entrepreneurship.