Dr Carolina Soekmadji

Senior Research Officer, QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute

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Sometimes things do not work out. That's ok, take your time as everybody has different time that works for each and every one of us.

What do you do?

I am a biomedical scientist that passionate about developing treatment strategy for advanced cancer. My work is investigating how cancer cells mediate communication with their neighbouring cells and distant organs by secreting lipid bubbles that contain messenger molecules in the circulation. My work is aimed to identify early response to drugs and alternative treatment strategies.

Why did you choose this field?

I have families that are affected by cancer. The uncertainty whether a particular treatment will work can create a heavy burden on patients and their families. Often, some drugs also come with many side effects, thus tailoring these treatment to benefit individual patients became important.

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

I have been working on this project for many years and recently met people that are supportive towards my personal development. I guess my wish is that my younger me met them earlier. Also I am not a native English speaker. I spent years honing my communication skills. I wish that I was better much earlier in my career in writing scientific report, papers and grants.

Why do you love working in STEM?

Everyday provides new challenges. I am looking forward to bringing my research to clinics for the benefit of patients.

Best advice for next generation?

Sometimes things do not work out. That's ok, take your time as everybody has different time that works for each and every one of us. Maybe not today, but good projects will mature.

Inspo quote / fun fact / role model

The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.

Eleanor Roosevelt

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