Tamara Yawno-Fegan

Research Fellow,
Hudson Institute of Medical Research, Monash University

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Do not be disheartened by STEM subjects that you do not enjoy, when you reach post graduate level, those subjects become more specific.

WHAT DO YOU DO?

I meet up with clinical doctors to discuss the issues that they are finding in the clinic which have no cure or effective therapies. Then I go back to my research lab and discuss possible ways to help address these issues.

WHY DID YOU CHOOSE THIS FIELD?

I enjoyed lectures on Fetal Physiology (my field), then I undertook a small research project after my degree and fell in love with the idea of helping sick babies become better.

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

being able to take a drug discovery from the bench side to the bed side.

WHY DO YOU LOVE WORKING IN STEM?

I love the versatility it offers. It's not just a desk job and you do not work alone, always part of a big team. There is never a dull moment in science :-)

BEST ADVICE FOR NEXT GENERATION?

Do not be disheartened by STEM subjects that you do not enjoy, when you reach post graduate level, those subjects become more specific and you can specialise in your areas of interest. I did not like biology in my first year of university but ended up specialising in physiology (falls under the biology umbrella) by my third year as it became more specific to what I enjoy.

INSPO / FUN FACT

You'll never walk alone

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