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While the global pandemic threw a spanner in the works for many of our students, it inspired health and medical sciences student, Kirstee Smith, to return to complete her final year of studies after a mid-degree gap year. In the post-COVID environment, the 2018 study tour to China that Kirstee took to explore the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has now proven to be an invaluable experience as she now looks beyond her studies and into the future of health research.
Interim Dean of Medicine, Dr Martin Bruening, has had a long journey in medicine and surgery. Though dedicating a lot of his career to rural medicine, Martin also appreciates the importance of family and looks forward to a future retirement on the Yorke Peninsula. In the meantime, he strives to help maintain the University of Adelaide’s world-class reputation in medical training.
After years of preparation and planning, the University’s School of Allied Health Science and Practice has finally welcomed its first student cohort. Among the excited academics welcoming them is Senior Lecturer in Occupational Therapy, Dr Emma George. Since starting her career 20 years ago, Emma’s work has taken her around the globe and now, she hopes to inspire the next generation of occupational therapists.
Molecular pharmacologist, Superstar of STEM, and mother-of-two, Dr Sanam Mustafa never imagined a life in Australia but a chance meeting and unexpectedly finding love brought her to Adelaide. Among her many achievements, Sanam is also a passionate advocate for gender, equity and inclusion, with hopes of continuing the empowerment of women in academia.
From growing up in the country to settling into big city life, psychology student, Elise Prior’s journey through university has certainly not been ordinary. While many students stress about assignment deadlines and looming exams, Elise is also silently battling a chronic illness. This doesn’t stop her from getting involved in every aspect of campus culture though! Representing a number of university areas in mentorship positions means Elise is able to share her keen enthusiasm, bright personality, and infectious energy to inspire others.
A ground-breaking career in science and health has seen Science and Technology Australia President-elect, Professor Mark Hutchinson, don many hats over the years. Now, Mark is working as hard as ever, looking to contribute even more to the positive impact of science in our community.
Adelaide Medical School lecturer, Dr Viythia Katharesan’s, journey with the University of Adelaide started over 10 years ago with her undergraduate studies — well before the world had even imagined anything like COVID-19. For Viyth, working from home last year not only meant she had to get creative with her teaching but also meant more family time with Maya and Meera.
Teaching and learning look a bit different in the post-COVID world. With online lectures and Zoom meetings galore, pharmacology professor, Professor Sepehr Shakib, is taking teaching innovation outside the virtual classroom. Sepehr took to Instagram to share his lessons and went from eight Facebook friends to over 1,000 Instagram followers in just a few months.
When the path of medical research was the wrong fit, President of the Adelaide Nursing Students’ Society (ANSS), Jessica Park, found her calling in clinical nursing. Now, as she looks to complete her postgraduate studies, Jessica couldn’t be more excited to see what else life will bring her.
Inspired by her grandfather to pursue a career in engineering and health, Dr Jiawen Li is now continuing her family’s legacy in STEM. Recently named a 2021-22 Superstar of STEM, Jiawen hopes to be a strong female role model for her daughter, Stella.