Kirsty is mentoring a team from Yarram Secondary College

Kirsty is mentoring a team from Yarram Secondary College

Kirsty Carey

My research involves targeting a component of the gene expression pathway to identify potential new therapies for cancers such as haematopoietic malignancies and colon cancer. I have performed a high throughput experiment screening 25,000 compounds to observe their impact on these pathways in cancer cells. The ability to specifically target these pathways would provide a major advancement on our understanding of these pathways and will ultimately lead to new cancer therapeutics.

I have some strong female role models in my life, who I met during my PhD studies and have successful research careers or have moved onto careers outside of lab based research. They inspire me to think outside of the lab and my specific experiments and to think of the broader skills my scientific training has given me; the ability to think critically and logically which is in itself very empowering in any real world situation. They reminds me that I actually can do anything – in the lab or in life - because I am trained as a problem solver!

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