I am currently completing my PhD in Trauma Science at the University of Newcastle. I have a Bachelor of Medical Science and Master of Public Health from the Australian National University as well as Master of Laboratory Medicine from RMIT University.
I was previously a laboratory medical scientist at the Austin Hospital in Melbourne where I worked in haematology and blood bank. This was the perfect environment to develop my knowledge in blood and transfusion science, but it was also this environment that made me realise I wanted to take my education further. There is so much that is unknown about erythrocytes and their role in immunity. My research focuses on the immune response following severe trauma and the role erythrocytes play in this response.
From an early age, I have always had an interest in the medical sciences. Research was a natural progression for me from working as a laboratory medical scientist to a research scientist as I wanted to know and investigate more about the human body. At a young age I was a trauma patient at the John Hunter Hospital myself so being able to complete my research studies as part of this team was an opportunity I had to take.
I would love my research to impact real patients and improve the outcomes for trauma patients. Hopefully to improve transfusion strategies, personalize transfusions and reduce trauma complications such as Multiple Organ Failure. I also hope my research will contribute to the understanding of how the immune system responds to severe trauma.
School of Medicine and Public Health, University of Newcastle