Rachel Farquhar

PhD student, Rossjohn lab, Monash University


Don’t let anyone tell you what a scientist should look or be like.

What do you do?

I look at proteins in the human body which are involved in the immune system and look right down at the amino acid level at how these proteins behave

Why did you choose this field?

I came across structural biology at then end of my master’s degree in physiology. I found it incredibly interesting and reached out to the lab head who’s papers I had come across and asked to join the lab for my PhD

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

I wish younger me knew that everything she was so stressed about not achieving would get accomplished. She should not be so hard on herself as everything comes together and she’s building a big future for herself.

Why do you love working in STEM?

I love that no day is ever the same and I can pursue a project I’m interested in and follow my curiosity every single day

Best advice for next generation?

Don’t let anyone tell you what a scientist should look or be like. We need to break the stereotypes surrounding of women in science.

Inspo quote / fun fact / role model

“The night is always darkest before the dawn.” When things seem like they’re going the worst is when they’re about to get better :)

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