Shivani Sachdev

PhD Candidate, Macquarie University


Women are capable of anything.

What do you do?

Synthetic cannabinoids (SCs) are gaining notoriety as an illicit class of recreational drugs associated with significant toxicity and even death; consequences very different from herbal cannabis. My research is focused on understanding the molecular mechanism underlying the toxic nature of these drugs. While the second part of my research is focused on ways to advance medical cannabis by investigating the anti-epileptic mechanism of cannabidiol (CBD)

Why did you choose this field?

I always wanted to be a scientist. I still remember how shocked I was when I first learnt about how does 6 feet of DNA fit into a nucleus.

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

I wish younger me would have applied for internship in NASA.

Why do you love working in STEM?

Thinking of SpaceX president and COO Gwynne Shotwell in this historic moment.

Best advice for next generation?

Women are capable of anything.

Inspo quote / fun fact / role model

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

NOMINATE a woman in STEM

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