What were you researching before you started as a Science Policy Fellow?
My research focussed on understanding the molecular mechanisms underlying Alzheimer’s disease. I studied genetic variants that can cause a rare familial form of the disease. As there are currently no effective treatments, it is critically important to understand how these genes function to reveal the underlying molecular mechanisms of Alzheimer’s disease.
How has your research background helped you contribute to policy development?
I have been using the skills I developed during my research career regularly in my new role. Critical thinking, evaluating and synthesising evidence, learning and communicating new, complex subject matter and contributing under time pressure to my team are some of the skills that I have been required to use.
How has the program changed your career aspirations?
The program has highlighted the endless opportunities that are available through working in the APS and is a great avenue for gaining meaningful, stable employment. I am excited about where this year will lead me to in the future.
What is your favourite part about working in a policy role in the Australian Public Service?
Learning something new every day and having a deeper understanding of the workings of the Australian Government.