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Mentoring success for a lifelong learner

Be Inspired / 16 July 2019

The path to success in research science is not always easily defined. But for lifelong learner Sam Keenan – ARMI PhD student and mentee in the CCRM Australia IMNIS Regenerative Medicine International Mentoring Program – learning from others has played a key role in his career development. 

Sam has been a mentee under several programs, and values the opportunity to get personalised advice, see what fits and apply it to his own situation.

Alberto Roselló-Díez is right where he wants to be – at the frontier of science. His ground-breaking research has been acknowledged by the Human Frontier Science Program (HFSP), an international program that is funding research to understand the complex mechanisms of living organisms. As part of their mission and as a credit to his cutting-edge thinking, HFSP has recognised Alberto by granting him a prestigious Career Development Award.

Women Leaders of Regenerative Medicine

Be Inspired / 4 March 2019

Today is International Women’s Day, a day that celebrates the achievements of women all around the globe and across the social, economic, cultural and political spectrum. This year, the theme of International Women’s Day is Balance for Better, which calls for a more gender-balanced world. To mark International Women’s Day, ARMI Group Leaders Professor Susie Nilsson (who also holds a position at CSIRO), Associate Professor Edwina McGlinn (also an EMBL - Australia Laboratory Group Leader), and Dr Jennifer Zenker spoke about their personal experiences as women in academia, the mindset and cultural shift that is needed to achieve real gender parity and their hopes for the future.

A dynamic trio of year 11 students from the John Monash Science School (JMSS) have made waves within the scientific community. In collaboration with ARMI, the trio developed a movement inhibitor device to better analyse zebrafish models in research. The device, in recognition of its uniqueness and innovation, earned them a place at this year’s national iAwards as a national contender.

Moving from Colombia eight years ago to study a Bachelor of Science at the University of Melbourne, Laura Galvis Vargas is a seasoned Melbournite. As a member of the Marcelle Group, Laura is undertaking her PhD in muscle regeneration research, and she is already renowned amongst ARMI for her passion for science and collaboration (facilitated by the ABC symposium).

As a UROP (Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program) student, Laura commenced her research career at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute in the field of lung epigenetics. Under the supervision of Dr. Marie-Liesse Asselin-Labat, she completed her honours and worked as a research assistant, developing her skills as a scientist.

At ARMI, our research capabilities are our greatest strength- bringing together the best minds to tackle some the most difficult issues in regenerative medicine. But behind the lab bench, a different sort of research takes place; one that empowers our scientists and generates opportunities through advocacy and promotion. The Institute’s Leadership Advisory Board is one of them (ARMILAB) ‑ and one of its newest members members, Sonya Walker, is excited to take part and help researchers.

“I’ve had a wonderful career in science,” beams Claude, “I wish a lot of people the same pleasure of going to work every day like I have!” Claude always knew that he would have a career in science, but with a medical focus, “I knew early I didn’t want to do medicine as I knew I was more interested in discovery.”  Claude was born and bred in Paris, and it was where Claude’s love for science began – he completed his undergraduate degree there.  As Claude loved to ski, he decided to relocate to Montreal, Canada to study and complete his French National Service. He really thought he was being clever and laughs telling the story, “I didn’t count on it being -40°C making it difficult to be outside, let alone ski!” Nevertheless, Claude endured the cold Arctic winters of Montreal, finished his national service and completed his masters and PhD there. 

Life of the female scientist will inevitably incur more career disruptions than that of their male counterparts. For Mirana, her disruption is a tug of war -albeit a good one- between her two loves; science and motherhood. Heading off for six months maternity leave in April, it’s a frantic time for Mirana at ARMI. Juggling the life of a group leader, new mother, a soon to be mother of a second child, lab deadlines, impending maternity leave and (to top it off) a burst pipe at home, Mirana’s got her work cut out for her.