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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 2021 – Bushfires, Environmental Social Science, Inclusiveness, Indigenous Knowledge, LGBTIQA+

    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

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 13 November 2020 – Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islanders, Indigenous, NAIDOC Week, Social Work, Therapy

    Decolonising social work

    Proud Durrumbal/Kullilli and Yidinji woman, University of Melbourne educator and social worker, Tileah Drahm-Butler, is working to decolonise social work.

  5. 3 November 2020 – COVID-19, Nursing, Psychology, Wellbeing, Work-Life Balance

    What does a great day at work look like?

    The University of Melbourne's Dr Rebecca Jarden’s training in nursing led her to research what a balanced approach to measuring wellbeing for nurses looks like.

  6. 19 August 2020 – Biology, Evolution, Indigenous, Mathematics, National Science Week

    The mathematics of evolution

    Dr Jared Field’s work in mathematical biology is working to understand real-world issues – and has landed him in the ABC's Top 5 Media Residency Program.

  7. 22 June 2020 – Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islanders, Black Lives Matter, COVID-19, Cardiovascular, Indigenous Health

    Connecting culture and health

    University of Melbourne cardiologist Associate Professor Luke Burchill grew up on country and was inspired by his grandparents to study medicine.

  8. 4 June 2020 – COVID-19, Clinical Trials, Coronavirus, Ebola, Infectious diseases

    Lessons for COVID-19 from the Ebola frontline

    The University of Melbourne's Dr Amanda Rojek was on the frontline of the Ebola epidemic, and is now drawing on those lessons during the COVID-19 pandemic.

  9. 22 April 2020 – Chemistry, Disability, Research, Sciences, Women In Science

    My eyesight is weak, but my vision is strong

    University of Melbourne PhD student Nisha Mehta was born with albinism; but with support she has overcome challenges to pursue an academic career in chemistry.