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I am an enthusiastic and dynamic science writer and communicator who strives to bring the wonders of science to the general public. Working primarily as a neuroscience researcher in my career thus far, I observed that many people need to be more connected with research and the scientists who perform it. Therefore, I wish to cultivate a career where I can leverage my ability to effectively and accessibly communicate science to a broad audience to ultimately assist in bridging the divide between the scientific community and the general public.

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

VITALTRACE

Perth, Australia

Graduate Research Scientist
May 2021 - September 2021

Intern / PhD Researcher
March 2021 - April 2021

PERRON INSTITUTE FOR NEUROLOGICAL AND TRANSLATIONAL SCIENCE

Student Seminar Committee Member
January 2019 - December 2020

Perth, Australia

MASSIVE SCIENCE

Virtual

Freelance Science Writer
2018 - 2019

PERTH SCIENCE FESTIVAL (SCITECH)

Perth, Australia

Youth Committee Intern
2018

UNIVERSITY OF WESTERN AUSTRALIA

Perth, Australia

University Undergraduate Tutor
2018

  • Compiled research findings to date in a journal article format for internal and external company communications

  • Synthesised current literature and collaborated with prominent researchers and clinicians to establish a foundational framework for a potential review article

  • Assisted in writing an Australian National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Ideas Grant application

  • Consulted with data scientists on necessary changes to experimental procedures to ensure high quality data outputs

  • Awarded an iPREP Biodesign Placement Scholarship ($4,000 AUD for the initial 7 week internship)

  • Collaborated with three fellow postgraduate students to organise monthly cross-institutional seminars, whose goal was to promote and facilitate the sharing of research being conducted at the Ralph and Patricia Sarich Neuroscience Research Institute

  • Authored a full-length article that was published online and generated ~30,000 unique pageviews over 2 years

  • Wrote two short articles and contributed scientific peer commentary on a further two articles

  • Spearheaded and developed the three potential story ideas through the entire publication pipeline, from conceptualising the original pitch through to finalising the end product

  • Liaised with over forty partner organisations and event stallholders, developed comprehensive social media campaign plans for Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, and formulated digital marketing materials, including pre-planned and live social media content

  • Launched the Perth Science Festival Twitter account to create a new forum for the festival to connect with other science organisations, professionals and educators

  • Explored analytics and modified content accordingly to optimise performance with target audiences

  • Packaged the performance data of created content for review from the Event Coordinator

  • Taught a first year undergraduate science communications unit (SCOM1101: Communicating Science) and a third year undergraduate neuroscience unit (NEUR3302: Advanced Neuroscience 2)

  • Duties encompassed preparing for and teaching tutorial classes, individual student consultations as required, regular meetings with unit coordinators to ensure consistency amongst tutors, and marking of student assessments

EDUCATION

CURTIN UNIVERSITY

Perth, Australia

Master of Philosophy in Biomedical Sciences (MPhil)
2018 - 2022

   Thesis Title: An exploration into common mechanisms of damage between models of demyelinating

   disease and neurotrauma

  • Authored or co-authored five articles for international peer reviewed journals

  • Presented research findings at eight domestic and international conferences, including once as an invited speaker

  • Won 1st Prize People's Choice Award (Scientific Talk) at the Perron Institute Symposium in 2020

  • Awarded the highly competitive MS Research Australia Postgraduate Scholarship ($105,000 AUD) and Perron Institute Byron Kakulas Prestige Scholarship ($17,500 AUD)

  • Conceived, developed and organised multiple preclinical research projects in parallel to conform to various grant obligations for my research group

  • Thought critically and made independent decisions to quickly adapt research plans and create alternative ways of approaching data acquisition and analysis

UNIVERSITY OF WESTERN AUSTRALIA

Perth, Australia

Bachelor of Science
1st Class Honours in Neuroscience (BSc. Hons)

2017

   Thesis Title: Comparison of local and systemic administration of three ion channel inhibitors for

   limiting secondary degeneration following neurotrauma

  • Awarded the Geoffrey Blee Prize for the highest mark in the neuroscience honours cohort in 2017

  • Authored three articles in international peer-reviewed journals

  • Developed and established excellent time management and organisational skills to produce key research outputs for the project

  • Collaborated within a team of twelve research scientists to creatively solve problems by exchanging critical and conducive feedback

  • Secured two independent sources of travel funding for a national neuroscience conference to present my research, an Australasian Neuroscience Society Student Travel Award ($375 AUD) and a competitive Neurotrauma Research Program Student Travel Scholarship ($500 AUD)

UNIVERSITY OF WESTERN AUSTRALIA

Perth, Australia

Bachelor of Science
in Neuroscience (BSc.)

2014 - 2016

  • Refined ability to grasp scientific concepts swiftly and comprehensively to meet course demands and assessment deadlines

  • Cross disciplinary units were undertaken in European Studies, History, Philosophy and Integrated Human Studies to enhance written communication skills and my broader world knowledge

AWARDS AND SCHOLARSHIPS

iPREP BIODESIGN PLACEMENT SCHOLARSHIP

March 2021
$4,000 AUD for the initial 7 week VitalTrace internship

MS RESEARCH AUSTRALIA POSTGRADUATE SCHOLARSHIP

2019 - 2022
A living allowance stipend to the value of $105,000 AUD for 3.5 years of a postgraduate degree

GEOFFREY BLEE NEUROSCIENCE PRIZE

2018
A $500 AUD prize awarded to the student in the neuroscience honours cohort with the highest course weighted average mark

NEUROTRAUMA RESEARCH PROGRAM STUDENT TRAVEL SCHOLARSHIP

2017
A $500 bursary to assist with the costs of attending the annual ANS meeting to present my first author poster relating to my work investigating neurotrauma

1ST PRIZE PEOPLES CHOICE AWARD (SCIENTIFIC TALK)

December 2020
Won for the talk Powdered vs Pelleted: The Ultimate Cuprizone Showdown at the 2020 Perron Institute Symposium

PERRON INSTITUTE BYRON KAKULAS PRESTIGE SCHOLARSHIP

2018 - 2021
A top-up living allowance scholarship to the value of $17,500 AUD for 3.5 years of a postgraduate degree, with an additional $2,500 AUD towards conference and other research-related travel costs

AUSTRALASIAN NEUROSCIENCE SOCIETY STUDENT TRAVEL AWARD

2017
A $375 AUD travel award as a student attending the annual ANS conference who is presenting work as the first author

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