Natalie is a PhD scholar who understands the importance of not only conducting and publishing research with clinical relevance, but communicating those findings to the wider community. She is an enthusiastic STEMM literacy advocate, using her passion to generate support for, and an appreciation of, rigorous scientific research as a Young Science Ambassador and Project Officer with the Wonder of Science program.
After an undergraduate degree in Medical Science at Queensland University of Technology, Natalie pursued an Honours research project to develop a transplantable layer of cells grown upon a silk membrane with the aim of restoring sight to patients with corneal endothelial dystrophy. After two years working in clinical trials and feto-maternal research, she returned to her first love (ophthalmic research) to earn her PhD enrolled through the University of Queensland’s School of Medicine, with her lab work carried out at the Queensland Eye Institute.
Submitted for examination in January 2018, her PhD project investigated compounds from raw silk in a range of therapeutic applications, including as a biomaterial for restoring a key cell population lost due to the common blinding condition, age-related macular degeneration (AMD). Natalie has a passion for sharing STEMM research processes and outcomes with the general public in the spirit of transparency and accountability, which has led to her involvement in a wide variety of community outreach events including a TEDx talk, sci-comedy panels with Science Says! and Convince Me, MCing science outreach events with Wonder of Science and Pint of Science, and participating in science communication competitions such as 3 Minute Thesis and FameLab.
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