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Kelly MacKinnon

Class Year: 2021

Scholarship: Future Leaders

University: The University of Western Australia

Connect: LinkedIn Profile

State: WA

Focus Area

Technology and innovation

Kelly MacKinnon

Class Year: 2021

Scholarship: Future Leaders

University: The University of Western Australia

Connect: LinkedIn Profile

State: WA

Focus Area

Technology and innovation

Biography

I am a medical physicist and love the application of a pure science to the world of medicine. Going from precise mathematics to the squishy world of biology has involved a shift in perspective, but the logical and quantitative approach of physics is well suited to medical research.

 

My PhD research involves taking data from pre-clinical cancer experiments and finding the factors that govern treatment success in order to focus future research. This will save time, money and animal lives while also increasing the chances of positive outcomes in future experiments, and the progression of these treatments to human trials.

 

Whether in a professional or social context I’m a perennial extrovert and love the opportunity to meet new people. I have far too many hobbies, but always come back to gardening, baking and learning. With the spare time that leaves me, I love to mentor and tutor youth and help them on their own paths to success.

Skills & Expertise

  • Medical physics
  • Science communication
  • Youth mentorship
  • Computational modelling of cancer
  • Leadership

"'m really proud of my ongoing tutoring and mentoring work. I love seeing how these young people grow over the years, and being part of that growth brings me immense joy."


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