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Alicia Kirk

Class Year: 2020

Scholarship: Future Leaders

University: The University of Queensland

Connect: LinkedIn Profile

State: QLD

Focus Area

Technology and innovation

Alicia Kirk

Class Year: 2020

Scholarship: Future Leaders

University: The University of Queensland

Connect: LinkedIn Profile

State: QLD

Focus Area

Technology and innovation

Biography

My favourite question has always been “Why?”. It perhaps comes as no surprise then that I’ve chased a career in research.

 

I grew up in the North Queensland town of Ayr playing basketball before trekking down to Brisbane for my tertiary education. With a dual BSc (Hons I, Chemistry)/BA (Writing) degree and two knee reconstructions under my belt, I am now undertaking a PhD in Chemistry. It will focus on a fundamental understanding of how chemical transformations occur inside cytochrome P450 enzymes, a super-family of enzymes with potential applications in pharmaceutical chemistry, bioremediation, and biofuel production, not to mention their involvement in hundreds of biosynthetic pathways vital to life.

 

I often spend my Friday afternoons developing programs with the UQ Science Demo Troupe, a group which spreads enthusiasm for science through shows and workshops using liquid nitrogen, loud bangs, and other fun things you miss in school. Alongside research, science communication and community engagement will always be important to me throughout my career as I endeavour to bring science to a much wider community.

Skills & Expertise

  • Organic chemistry
  • Computational chemistry
  • Professional and creative writing
  • Science communication and outreach
  • Teaching, mentoring and coaching

"One thing most people would be surprised to know about me is I represented Queensland in basketball from the age of 13, and I was aiming for a professional sporting career had it not been for two knee reconstructions before the age of 20." 


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