How long have you worked at UOW?

I have worked at UOW for 11 years, with a year away in Cambridge in the middle. I have been in research intensive positions for the last 10 years with successive competitive fellowships.


What’s your/your team’s role at the University?

I was appointed UOWs Professorial Fellow in Neurodegenerative Disease at the beginning of 2019 and I am primarily focused on research and teaching in this area. My team is focused on researching the molecular origins of motor neurone disease and identifying therapeutic targets.


What’s the most rewarding part of your job?

The most rewarding part of my job is watching students grow as researchers.


What’s the most challenging?

The most challenging aspect of my job is continuously funding my team.


Proudest work achievement at UOW?

My proudest moments are always graduation of research students.


What goals are you/your team working towards in 2019?

We have so many goals! One notable goal is to test some of therapeutic strategies.


What’s your fondest memory so far of working at UOW?

My fondest memories are of the friendships I have made at UOW.


Random fact about you or hidden talent?

A random fact about me is that I once played professional basketball for the Illawarra Hawks.


What’s your favourite place in the world and why?

Cambridge, UK has to be my favourite place in the world (apart from Wollongong), it has so much history woven in to the fabric of the city and it is a place that in some regards seems as though time has stood still so that sometimes feels like you could bump in to Isaac Newton, Charles Darwin or Stephen Hawking.


Something on your bucket list you’d care to share?

I was lucky enough to meet Stephen Hawking – does that count?