Zone Archive

There’s links here to all the scientists in all the zones we’ve run since March 2010.

Use CTRL-F to search for a particular scientist, topic or zone.

Name Institute About me and my work Zone name Date
Matthew ToddThe University of Sydney in the School of ChemistryWe make molecules to fight diseases, but we’re trying to get everyone to work together online to make them better and fasterHydrogen ZoneJune 2011
Magdeline LumI write for Science Network WA and Australasian Science as well as blog for Nature’s Student Voices.I write science news articles in all sorts of areas of science.Hydrogen ZoneJune 2011
Krystal EvansThe Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research in Melbourne, VIC (WEHI)I am creating a new malaria vaccine – cause there isn’t one!Health ZoneJune 2011
Lee WalshNeuroscience Research AustraliaDesigning and performing experiments on humans to look at how the brain, nerves and muscle work when we move around.Health ZoneJune 2011
Tara FernandezQueensland University of TechnologyGrowing human skin in a test tube…Health ZoneJune 2011
Upulie DivisekeraPeter MacCallum Cancer CentreI’m working on new treatments for breast and other cancers. Health ZoneJune 2011
Bev MuhlhauslerYesI look at how being exposed to high fat or high sugar diets before birth or very early in infancy can change an individual’s risk of becoming obese later in lifeFood ZoneJune 2011
Edward ShinVictorian Department of Business and Innovation (2010-)I work for the Victorian Government to help people develop “real, everyday uses” for scientific discoveries. BUT when I was an astronomer… (click ‘read more’ for PRETTY PICTURES!)Food ZoneJune 2011
Kate PattersonGarvan Institute of Medical Research and MediPics and Prose (Visual Science Communications)We do cancer research and we are trying to work out why the genetics and ‘epi’genetics of cells goes wrong to form cancer.Food ZoneJune 2011
Nathan O'CallaghanCSIROUnderstanding how foods make us healthyFood ZoneJune 2011
David PostCSIROI look at how climate change might impact water availability in the future.Food ZoneJune 2011
Darren SaundersGarvan Institue of Medical ResearchWe’re trying to figure out what makes tumour cells different from normal ones, so we can design better ways to treat cancer.Health ZoneJune 2011
Kieran LimDeakin UniversityI try to find safer fingerprinting reagents and ways of bring back deleted serial numbers. I also find out how students might learn science better, and use computers and maths to learn about chemical properties and change.Hydrogen ZoneJune 2011
Bridget MurphyUniversity of Sydney, TAFE NSWI want to find out why some lizards lay eggs while other lizards give birth to live youngHydrogen ZoneJune 2011
Aimee ParkerMonash UniversityI study a protein that is part of our immune system. Hardly anything is known about it so I’m trying to find out what it does and where in the cell you would find it. Hydrogen ZoneJune 2011
James ByrneRoyal Institution of AustraliaI was a microbiologist working to understand how bacteria make you sick and now I’m a science communicator who talks and writes about science everyday.Helium ZoneMay 2012
Elise PelzerThe Women’s Health Lab at the Wesley Research InstituteI grow and identify bugs (microorganisms) from the upper reproductive tract… the text books would have you believe that if you do not have an infection, then these sites are sterile…not true!Lithium ZoneMay 2012
Dustin WelbourneCanberra Reptile Sanctuary, University of New South WalesAs a biogeographer, my work is focused on trying to understand why animals live where they do, and why they do not live in areas that they potentially could; then in my other job, I talk to the public about the great reptiles we have in Australia.Helium ZoneMay 2012
Chris ScarlettUniversity of NewcastleI lecture biochemistry, microbiology and research methods to 2nd and 3rd year university students, and I conduct research into novel therapeutic agents against pancreatic cancer.Helium ZoneMay 2012
Arti SinghThe University of QueenslandI study the chemistry of enzymes called the cytochromes P450, which there are many different types of and which are found in nearly all living things, to find out what sort of chemical reactions they can mediate and how they do this.Helium ZoneMay 2012
Yusuf PisanUniversity of Technology, Sydney tools to make the next generation of gamesLithium ZoneMay 2012
Renee WebsterDefence Science and Technology OrganisationI research fuels and lubricants used by the Australian Defence Forces.Lithium ZoneMay 2012
Janette EdsonAustralian Centre for Ancient DNA (ACAD) The University of AdelaideI’m developing new methods for forensic identification of people from degraded sources of DNA.Lithium ZoneMay 2012
Kate TrinajsticChemistry Department Curtin UniversityI’m a paleontologist who is trying to understand how we evolved an internal skeleton. I am using the synchrotron in France to examine different types of mineralised tissues such as bone, cartilage and dentine, and why different groups of vertebrate animals have different types of mineralised tissues. I am also looking at how bone grows and as the bone grows how muscles remain attached.Beryllium ZoneMay 2012
Dirk SlawinskiCSIRO Marine and Atmospheric Research, in Floreat (Perth) Western Australia.I mainly work with ocean models, “feeding” them data, analysing the results and making plots to help understand the results.Lithium ZoneMay 2012
Herbert Chiou3M Consumer Health Care (USA, 2010 – present)I passionately help create and develop relevant consumer health care solutions in an ever evolving environment.Beryllium ZoneMay 2012
Goli SamimiGarvan Institute, NSWOur group works towards improving treatment and survival in ovarian cancer patients.Beryllium ZoneMay 2012
Chris SlapeMonash University (1 year)I’m a molecular biologist trying to understand what causes leukemia, and how we might prevent it.Beryllium ZoneMay 2012
Brad TuckerMt. Stromlo Observatory, The Australian National UniversityI use supernovae, which are stars that have exploded, to figure out what the Universe is made out of, how it was formed, and what will happen to it.Beryllium ZoneMay 2012
Steven TingayCurtin University in Perth, since 2007.I build and use radio telescopes in order to figure out how the Universe originated and has evolved over the last 13.7 billion years.Helium ZoneMay 2012
Kym PykeSt John of God Pathology – Geraldton LaboratoryI work in a pathology lab, testing blood and other pathology samples for diseases so that doctors can treat patients with the proper medications/treatment.Disease ZoneAugust 2012
Simon O'TooleI currently work at the Australian Astronomical Observatory.I look for planets orbiting other stars, help other astronomers use big telescopes, and speak to as many people as possible about astronomy.Boron ZoneAugust 2012
James SmithSouth Australian MuseumWorking in the Information Centre of the South Australian Museum, we engage and educate the public in relation to natural and cultural history, using real artefacts. Boron ZoneAugust 2012
Mark HamannJames Cook UniversityI am a marine biologist who works with marine animals – such as turtles, dugongs, dolphins and sea snakesBoron ZoneAugust 2012
Natasha LangleyGarvan Institute of Medical Research in Sydney (next to St Vincents Hospital)I’m working on some drug that can prevent you from getting fat, and can make someone who is already fat loose weight!Disease ZoneAugust 2012
Melina EllisDepartment of Physiology, Melbourne UniversityI make video recordings of wiggling pieces of gut and analyse them to find out how our digestive system is controlled by its own nervous system ‘the mini-brain’Organs ZoneAugust 2012
Heather SheldonCSIRO, PerthIā€™m a geologist researching geothermal energy in Western AustraliaBoron ZoneAugust 2012
Haeng Soon ParkMedical School, Patan Academy of Health Sciences, NepalI teach biochemistry in a medical school in Nepal. I am very much interested in stimulating young people for scientific mind.Disease ZoneAugust 2012
Yashar RazaviMonash UniversityI’m looking at how immune cells (white blood cells) in your eye work in protecting against inflammation and infections from nasty bugsOrgans ZoneAugust 2012
Vanessa VaughanDeakin UniversityI’m a molecular nutritionist, and my research looks at a muscle wasting syndrome in cancer patients, known as cancer cachexia, and how nutrition may help prevent and treat this condition.Disease ZoneAugust 2012
Hannah BrownRobinson Institute, University of Adelaide, SA. ( use a mouse model to try and work out the reasons that some women have more trouble trying to get pregnant than others. The reason we use mice is because they are cheap and have lots and lots of babies really quickly!! šŸ™‚Organs ZoneAugust 2012
Carina MarshallThe University of Western Australia, The Raine StudyRight now, I’m looking at a big study of kids for clues about vitamin D and how it relates to their health.Organs ZoneAugust 2012
Steven HamblinI study questions about viruses, like how they evolve and why they do weird things to their hosts like turn them into ‘zombies’ (not the undead, but how they control the host against their will).Disease ZoneAugust 2012
Matthew DavisSchool of Mathematics and Physics at the University of Queenland in Brisbane.I carry out research in theoretical quantum physics, and teach physics to uni students.Boron ZoneAugust 2012
Emma BurrowsFlorey Institutes of Neuroscience and Mental Health.I am a neuroscientist who studies mouse behaviour and brains to understand schizophrenia and autism.Organs ZoneAugust 2012
Dominique CotterillI do so much work at Uni šŸ˜‰I like plants and I study Agricultural Science at the University of TasmaniaAgriculture ZoneMarch 2013
Yagiz "Biohacker" Alp AksoyMacquarie University, Garvan Institute of Medical Research, Enli Mining Pty LtdI am shedding “light” onto the blackbox of the cardiovascular and cardiorespiratory diseases taking synthetic biology and optogenetics approachesDisease ZoneMarch 2013
Miranda WeenUniversity of AdelaideHow do superbugs recognise essential nutrients (metals) in their environment, and how can we use this against them?Disease ZoneMarch 2013
Rebecca DoyleCharles Sturt UniversityI feel very lucky because I have a job that combines my favourite things – animals and travel. Agriculture ZoneMarch 2013
Kim RitmanI work for the Australian Government in the Department of Agriculture Fisheries and Forestry in the Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences (ABARES)I lead and provide information to non-scientists in a form that they can understand.Agriculture ZoneMarch 2013
Harjeet Khanna2002-onwards at Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, QldI am a research scientist in agricultural biotechnologyAgriculture ZoneMarch 2013
Katelin HaynesUniversity of Queensland Diamantina InstituteI’m trying to learn more about ankylosing spondylitis, a disease where all the bones in your spine fuse together.Disease ZoneMarch 2013
Brent KaiserUniversity of AdelaideI’m a teacher and research scientist in the plant sciences.Agriculture ZoneMarch 2013
Kate SkulteUniversity of Western SydneyIā€™m working on a project that looks at the on and off switches for our genes in our DNA and their role in complex diseases like cancer and allergy.Disease ZoneMarch 2013
Cindy LinAustralian Centre for Blood Diseases, Monash UniversityMy research is in Multiple Myeloma, a type of blood cancer. I’m trying to find out what makes this disease worse in some patients than in others.Disease ZoneMarch 2013
Shona MarksI collect and identify invertebrates (animals without a back-bone) from aqautic habitats to see how healthy or polluted an ecosystem is. I specialise in marine habitats (oceans, beaches and mudflats) and freshwater habitats (creeks, rivers and dams). Wet & Wild ZoneMarch 2013
Jennifer L. A. ShawUniversity of Adelaide February 2012 – 2015I ensure our rivers and drinking waters are healthy and clean for us to enjoy by looking at the bacteria and microscopic animals in the water by sequencing their DNA!Wet & Wild ZoneMarch 2013
Elizabeth StarkI work at (and partly own) a company called Symbolix.I use statistics to describe how the environment changes over time and to test whether it’s being impacted by us humans.Wet & Wild ZoneMarch 2013
Blaire DobieckiTechNyouI travel around Australia, talking to people about emerging technologies (e.g. genetically modified foods, nanotechnology, etc…) and getting them to think critically about the consequences of that technology.Wet & Wild ZoneMarch 2013
Simon AllenCSIRO Wealth from Oceans National Research FlagshipLeading a team of scientists dedicated to understanding Australia’s coastal environmentWet & Wild ZoneMarch 2013