How long have you worked at UOW?
I joined UOW in 2017. I started lecturing here in 2019.
What’s your/your team’s role at the University?
I get to teach the absolute best subjects! All things cell biology. I also work with the incomparable Dr. Jody Gorman (a certifiable legend) and we coordinate the Biotechnology and Genetics subjects within SMAH.
What’s the most rewarding part of your job?
I am so lucky I get to work with the students – all the lateral, visual, different thinkers; all these people who have come to uni to learn about the world around them (and the universe in every cell). Any time a student tells me they enjoyed a lecture or a video, and that it helped them to understand something, I am just stoked.
What’s the most challenging?
I have a lot of big ideas. Especially for how I want to present challenging material in the classes. So many videos to make and slides to animate! My biggest challenge is finding the time to do everything that I want, because I want to do a lot.
Proudest work achievement at UOW?
Every time I can help a student get a handle on something tricky, or help them become an independent learner themselves, it makes me proud.
What goals are you/your team working towards in 2020?
Jody and I are re-writing and re-thinking Genetics and Biotechnology, and along with a highly talented teaching team including Drs. Yee-Lian Chew, Nik Johnston, Luke McAlary, Debbie Watson, and the indefatigable Dr. Gökhan Tolun we are re-creating these subjects to be exemplars of effective teaching! WOO!! We are thankfully supported by Anthea Rote, Sue Curtis and Chloe Rich. In addition I am teaching into BIOL103, a very large (>650 student) subject, and under the exceptional captaincy of Assoc. Prof. Tracey Kuit and with the skilful team of Dr. Elyssa De Carli, James Scifleet and Sam Adhikary; and gratefully the support of Suzanne Middleton and Christine McComb, we are exploring the wonder of cell biology – wholly online.
What’s your fondest memory so far of working at UOW?
In my first lecture at UOW (shout out to Biochemistry), some students helped me demonstrate the movement of differently sized peptides (I know- that sounds exciting enough, right?) – and this one student pulled off this flip, like a full on somersault, in mid-demo. Too much fun. (and A. M., if you read this – I’m still grateful :))
Random fact about you or hidden talent?
I ride a unicycle. Booyah
What’s your favourite place in the world and why?
Fave place? The beautiful South Coast! The beaches are the best.
Something on your bucket list you’d care to share?
I’d like to do a world tour of hot springs.. and just take some time to soak it up and enjoy some spectacular scenery. You know that place in Japan where the monkeys hop into the outdoor baths? I’d like to hop in there with them. I know that may be a security breach, and I’d probably respect that, but- well- who wouldn’t want to do that?