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Sakura Karunarathne

PhD researcher, Murdoch University

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Women can give a good perspective in science so follow your hearts.

WHAT DO YOU DO?

I am a final year PhD researcher working on genome editing in barley to improve nitrogen use efficiency which is beneficial in modern agriculture.

WHY DID YOU CHOOSE THIS FIELD?

I was so enthusiastic to pursue a PhD in plant molecular genetics. I had the opportunity to learn theory in plant molecular genetics during my honours degree, which arouse my curiosity to conduct research in the same field. Soon after I graduated, I started working on my objectives to find a PhD supervisor who has similar research interests. In the meantime I worked as a laboratory teaching assistant and a temporary lecturer at the same university where I graduated.So I came across a lot of personnel who already were successful in the field which was an inspiration for me.

WHAT DO YOU LOOK AT & THINK, "I WISH YOUNGER ME WOULD HAVE KNOWN THIS WAS POSSIBLE?"

Pursuing a PhD in a foreign university where I got more exposure and active involvement in science

WHY DO YOU LOVE WORKING IN STEM?

Innovative and everything about it is interesting. I always like to discover new things as a researcher which keeps me motivated

BEST ADVICE FOR NEXT GENERATION?

Women can give a good perspective in science so follow your hearts to be a strong women scientist

INSPO / FUN FACT

Determination today leads to success tomorrow