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Under the Microscope

University of Melbourne academics and researchers have experienced much on some amazing journeys – and share them here.

  1. 17 November 2023 – Agriculture, Climate Change, Fertility, Plastics, Pollution

    From diet to climate, our fertility is at risk

    A childhood fascination with the family dairy farm led University of Melbourne Associate Professor Mark Green to a career in reproductive biology

  2. 15 August 2023 – Engineering, Indigenous, Indigenous Knowledge, NASA, National Science Week

    Taking Indigenous Australia to NASA

    The University of Melbourne's Tully Mahr is one of five Indigenous Australian students heading to the US for an internship with NASA

  3. 11 May 2023 – Biology, Healthcare, Malaria, Mathematics, Wounds

    Healing wounds with differential equations

    University of Melbourne mathematical biologist Professor Jennifer Flegg uses mathematics to solve biological problems like wound healing and infectious diseases

  4. 25 January 2023 – Art, Cells, DNA, Microscopy, Proteins

    From art restorer to DNA explorer

    University of Melbourne Associate Professor Elizabeth Hinde found her dream role studying the nuclear architecture of living cells

  5. 7 March 2022 – Botany, Climate, International Women's Day, Paleoclimatology, Women In Science

    A sustainable future for women in science

    On International Women's Day we talk to Dr Anne-Marie Tosolini who returned to University of Melbourne after a career break to study 56 million-year-old fossils

  6. 20 December 2021 – International Court of Justice, International Law, Judges, Legal System, United Nations

    Adjudicating international disputes

    International law expert and Laureate Professor Hilary Charlesworth is the first Australian woman elected as a judge of the International Court of Justice.

  7. 17 November 2021 – Bushfires, Diversity, Indigenous Knowledge, LGBTIQA+, Social Science

    Cultivating inclusive research

    Being outside the mainstream helped guide University of Melbourne scientist Dr Andrea Rawluk onto a path of research that integrates the environment and society

  8. 3 November 2021 – Computing, Cybersecurity, Eureka Prize, Mathematical proof, Mathematics

    Using maths to prove computer security

    Eureka prize winner Toby Murray from the University of Melbourne once thought maths was boring, but he now relies on it to secure critical computer systems.

  9. 8 October 2021 – Australia, Languages, Schools, Teaching, Teaching and Learning

    The language of learning

    University of Melbourne graduate, Stanley Wang, is one of this year’s 40 Under 40 Most Influential Asian-Australians for his work on bilingualism in school.