The Scientist and the… is a podcast brought to you by the Illawarra Health and Medical Research Institute.

In each episode of this podcast, you will hear from a different researcher about their field. Listen to how they got into science, and what they get up to after a long week of trying to solve our biggest health issues. 

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Episode 1: The Scientist and the Artist

Rachelle Balez is a PhD Candidate under Associate Professor Lezanne Ooi. 

She’s also an incredible artist, and uses her creative ability to fund and fuel her research into stem cells, to understand Alzheimer’s Disease. 

Episode 2: The Scientist and the Gardener

Dr. Nicholas Geraghty is a post-doctoral research fellow at IHMRI, studying neuroscience. When he isn’t analysing protein aggregations to find better treatments for motor neuron disease, you can find Nick in his garden growing veggies and succulents.

Episode 3: The Scientist and the Cheerleader

Ashleigh Hope is an Honours student at IHMRI under Dr. Kara Vine-Perrow. She has a degree in Medical Biotechnology and is currently researching a rare type of breast cancer. Outside of the lab, she is on the court cheering on Wollongong’s NBL team as part of the Illawarra Hawks Dancers.


Episode 4: The Scientist and the Sensei 

Sam Adhikary spends most of his time in the IHMRI labs studying graft versus host disease – a fatal side effect of bone marrow transplantation. When he isn’t in the lab, Sam is usually writing his thesis, or teaching undergraduate biology at the University of Wollongong. Outside of his life as a scientist, Sam has spent a lot of his time practicing shotokan karate. 

How does the patience and discipline of becoming a black belt in karate translate into the lab?