I am a secondary school teacher in Adelaide, Australia. I have a Bachelors Degree in Biotechnology and went on to a PhD at Flinders University. My thesis was on Gene Therapy for treating Spinal Cord Injury. After graduating, I worked at the Arvid Carlsson Institute in Sweden, developing techniques for gene transfer into neural stem cells. I returned to Australia in 2005, working at the Florey Neuroscience Institutes. At the Florey I developed new models of and a blood test for Parkinson’s Disease.
In 2010, I decided to pursue a teaching career. My passion for science had led me into medical research. As a professional scientist I had achieved my goals of working in cutting-edge institutes, conference presentations and publication in leading journals. However, I felt increasingly confined by my high degree of specialisation. I realised that through teaching I could satisfy my broad love of science and mathematics, could connect with young people to share that passion, and make a positive contribution to my community.
I am happy to say that every stage of my career change has vindicated my decision. Teaching is brilliant and suits me to the core. I have never been so intellectually challenged, so emotionally engaged and so committed to my work. Every day is an adventure.
I have been blogging and tweeting as DrAdenozine since 2011.