Life Sciences Breakfast Series with Dr Melina Georgousakis

  • 29 Jun 2015
  • 7:30 AM - 9:00 AM
  • AIBN Seminar Room, Bldg 75, Level 1, Room 132, UQ St Lucia
  • 28


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Learn from a female role model how to be successful in the life sciences arena and which career paths might be out there for you!

A great networking opportunity over a delicious breakfast

Melina completed her Bachelor of Science degree at the University of Queensland followed by honours and PhD in the Bacterial Pathogenesis Laboratory at The Queensland Institute of Medical Research.

Her research focus was on the design and assessment of novel vaccine candidates against the bacteria Streptococcus pyogenes under guidance of Professors Sri Sriprakash and Michael Good.  After a laboratory based post-doc, Melina moved to Sydney to take up a research position with the National Centre for Immunisation Research and Surveillance of Vaccine Preventable Diseases. She is currently a Research Fellow in the Government Policy team at NCIRS where her primary role is to provide technical advice on national immunisation policy body in Australia.

In 2012, Melina was awarded her Masters in Public Health and has since been awarded a conjoint appointment as Lecturer at the University of Sydney School of Public Health.

Over her career Melina has developed a passion for science communication and has dedicated time to advocate for health and medical research among the community.  She has visited many high schools to speak about her research and debunk stereotypes with the aim of promoting science as a career for girls.  Melina has been recognised for her science advocacy work and in 2008 was named a Queensland Finalist for Young Australian of the Year. 

Over the course of her career Melina has become more conscious of the barriers faced by women in scientific careers and is keen to build on her advocacy work to promote opportunities that exist within science, particularly for women.

In 2014 she launched a social enterprise, Franklin Women, aimed at contributing to the retention of women working in health and medical research careers.  It is has been one of the most rewarding years of her life but has brought on a new love of coffee...lots and lots of coffee!

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