Ashlee Medica

PhD candidate, University of Newcastle


You are smart enough & we would love to have you.

What do you do?

I am an equine reproductive biologist.

Why did you choose this field?

When I was young, my dad bought me a toy microscope. I loved collecting things from the garden and looking at them magnified. When I got to high school I realised I loved biology and wanted to pursue a path in this field. I eventually went to university studying a Bachelor of Biotechnology where I was then able to specialise in equine reproduction combining horses and biology, my two hobbies.

What do you look at and think, "I wish younger me would have known this was possible"?

Receiving first class honours and being offered a scholarship into a PhD program, I had never even considered a PhD as an option because I didn’t think I was capable of achieving it.

Why do you love working in STEM?

I love that there’s always something new to learn. On experiment days, you just never know what you might discover.

Best advice for next generation?

Don’t be afraid and stop telling yourself “I’m not smart enough”. You are and we would love to have you.

Inspo quote / fun fact / role model

“Be less curious about people and more curious about ideas.” - Marie Curie

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