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16 February 2022

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This month we celebrated the UN International Day for Women and Girls in Science. To mark the day, we asked some of our fantastic female researchers to share what inspired them to pursue a career in science and some of their proudest moments:

Dr Alexandra George, Metabolomics

“As a child I loved the idea of experimenting and investigating. Answering questions in a lab wearing a long white coat seemed like the coolest job ever. Now I'm living out my childhood dream! I love that my research can change people’s lives and health for the better.”

Alexandra George


Ms Taylah Gaynor, Cardiac Cellular Systems

Taylah Gaynor
Taylah with her father and siblings

“Losing my dad to disease has inspired me to help those that I can and contribute to a larger picture — my family inspires and motivates me every day.”


Dr Liz Paratz, Sports Cardiology

“In med school I did a year of research looking at biomarkers of pulmonary hypertension at a London hospital. There were plenty of ups and downs. Writing a thesis and posting it back to Australia to be marked was a really proud moment.”

Liz Paratz


Professor Julie McMullen, Head of Cardiac Hypertrophy

Julie McMullen
Julie with her first PhD student Lynette

“Training and watching students become independent researchers and obtain PhDs have been my proudest moments working in science.”


Professor Dianna Magliano OAM, Head of Diabetes and Population Health

“My proudest moment was being awarded an Order of Australia medal for my work in epidemiology and teaching. I like problem solving the most and coming up with unique solutions.”

Dianna Magliano
Dianna with daughter at the Order of Australia ceremony


Associate Professor Anna Calkin, Head of Lipid Metabolism and Cardiometabolic Disease

Anna Calkin

“It's fascinating to learn how the body works in health as well as in disease. The exciting thing about working in the field of discovery is that you may be working on something that no-one else in the world has identified or has linked to a particular disease.”

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