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Samantha Nixon

Class Year: 2017

Scholarship: Future Leaders

University: The University of Queensland

State: QLD

Samantha Nixon

Class Year: 2017

Scholarship: Future Leaders

University: The University of Queensland

State: QLD

Biography

I conquered arachnophobia to study a PhD in spider venoms. I use the unique chemistries in spider venoms to make next-generation medicines for human and veterinary parasitic diseases. I have a life-long love of wildlife and biology, which has taken me from the deserts of outback Queensland studying bilbies and wombats, to studying venomous animals from around the world, and even to the icy glaciers of Antarctica, as the youngest member of the 2018 all-women expedition to Antarctica with the Homeward Bound Leadership program.

 

My dream is to see the end of neglected tropical diseases and to improve how we approach science and medicine through communication, education and policy. I hope to work across all levels and stages of the drug discovery pipeline, in academia, industry and in affected communities, to ensure that our solutions for parasitic diseases are fair, sustainable and forward-thinking. I am also a passionate advocate for increasing the diversity in STEM and for engaging the public in science. I am active on social media and in public events to encourage more people to be interested in science. I most enjoy traveling to local schools and sharing my work to inspire the next-generation of scientists.

Skills & Expertise

  • Science communication
  • Drug discovery
  • Venomous animals
  • Parasitology
  • Leadership

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