“It will be very good for the students to see all the women in STEM and in office and see just how far we can go.”
Sacred Heart Geelong alum Emily Birthisel joined the Bionics Institute on an internship while completing her Master of Biotechnology at Melbourne University.
Emily will be part of the Bionics Institute’s multi-sensory integration projects, specifically aiming to understand the link between hearing loss and dementia under the tutelage of Associate Professor Gérard Loquet.
Sacred Heart Geelong is one of the many schools participating in the Bionics Institute’s Girls in STEM program, an initiative designed to inspire female VCE science students to pursue careers in STEM.
Girls in STEM 2022 will see leading female researchers from the Bionics Institute and Seer Medical mentor students in a 6-month program, presenting students with a unique insight into research.
I think it’s really good for young scientists and people who have a passion for science to see how science can be applied and how it can influence.
After discovering a passion for science at high school, Emily completed a Bachelor of Science at Melbourne University, specialising in biochemistry and molecular biology.
Having prominent female role models in science motivated her to move to this career.
“I did science all through school, so it kind of started there.
“it’s pretty cool to have lots of influential women throughout STEM.”
Emily is excited about learning from Associate Professor Gérard Loquet, who currently holds an honorary principal fellowship at the University of Melbourne and has authored over 30 peer-reviewed scientific papers
“I googled his work and was blown away,” Emily said.
“I feel very lucky (to work under Gérard).”
Emily’s internship at the Bionics Institute will assist her to pursue a career in pharmacovigilance, where she hopes to facilitate the development of pharmaceuticals and medical devices from R&D stage to the market.
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