A science hero of mine is…
…my mum, Dr Rania Alexander!
She began her Masters of Microbiology at the age of 21 in a country where war was a daily struggle. After completing her research and teaching experience, she married my father and followed him to Australia, where he was nearing the end of his medical degree at the University of Queensland. Job prospects were much higher here, and raising a family was much safer. She began a PhD in Immunology at the University of Queensland, where her project focussed on the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) vaccine with Professor Ian Frazer. During her PhD, she managed to be an amazing scientist as well as being pregnant and giving birth to me and my two brothers during the whole process!
She was a full time scientist and a full time Mum. She did it all. She taught me everything I needed to know, from checking my maths and science homework in school, to giving remarkable advice and most importantly, continues to support me in every way no matter what. Thanks Mum!!
Ms Nadine Alexander is a postgraduate student at the Queensland Eye Institute. Read her Scientists of QEI feature here.