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I am an Associate Professor in Biotechnology at the University of Technology Sydney. I am a passionate teacher, researcher and the Chair of Science Equity and Diversity Committee. I am a strong advocate for women in STEM, which stems from my personal experiences and having being involved with Athena SWAN initiatives for the past 10 years, both in the UK and now in Australia. The research program I lead, aims to develop better monitoring strategies and treatments for cardiovascular disease in women during and post-pregnancy. Hence, my research is also aligned to my passion for gender equality hence it is focused on women's health spanning from cardiovascular pregnancy complications, diabetes, cardiovascular disease to women's cancer. The underlying themes of my research program are angiogenesis, vascular development and stem cell signaling. 

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Women's health

Pregnancy, diabetes, cardiovascular health, breast and ovarian cancer

2014 - 2016

Queen's University Belfast, United Kingdom

Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education and Teaching

Placental and vascular in vitro platforms

Developing innovative 3D bioprinted and microfluidics, organoid and multicellular platforms for elucidating mechanisms and development of new treatments for preeclampsia and cardiovascular disease.

Mesenchymal Stem Cells

The role in placental development

Mechanisms of therapeutic effect in preeclampsia and cardiovascular disease

Extracellular vesicles

2D and 3D co-culture placental models

2006 - 2007

University College London, United Kingdom

Postgraduate Certificate in Pharmacy Practice

2009 - 2010

Queen's University Belfast, United Kingdom

Postgraduate Diploma in Clinical Pharmacy

2010 - 2014

Queen's University Belfast, United Kingdom

PhD in Molecular Biology

Novel cardiovascular and heart disease mechanisms and treatments

Mechanisms and biomarkers for prediction, diagnosis and treatment in the presence and absence of diabetes

Digital health for high-risk pregnancies

Mobile-phone based connected digital platform for real-time monitoring of pregnant women

2001 - 2005

King's College London, United Kingdom

Master in Pharmacy


Mechanisms and biomarkers for prediction, diagnosis and treatment, 3D in vitro organoid and spheroid models

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