A career in science means you can satisfy your curiosity, discover new things and change lives. The most enjoyable research is when you’re working with a team on a project that can help people improve their quality of life.
My favourite project has been developing paper-based sunburn sensors for my PhD at UNSW because skin cancer is so common in Australia.
The sensors are easy to use and are a relatively cheap way of preventing the skin cancer from developing later in life. The great thing about them is they cover any skin type, UV exposure time and sunscreen strength.
Global problems like pollution and disease can only be solved if experts in science and health work together. We need to encourage people, especially girls, to pursue science so that they can address these issues and benefit society.
Parisa’s path to becoming a cancer researcher
>> Bachelor of Materials Engineering (Ceramics), University of Tabriz, Iran
>> Master of Science in Materials Engineering, Materials and Energy Research Center of Iran
>> PhD student, UNSW Australia