The (healthy) way forward
It all adds up to a pretty cool future for today’s maths graduates.
Mathematicians at the University of Queensland (UQ) solve problems in areas ranging from physical and biological sciences to engineering, business and beyond. Maths at UQ combines pure maths and statistics with modelling and computation to fix real-world issues.
Dr Leesa Wockner did a Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Mathematics and Statistics at UQ, before completing a PhD in mathematical statistics. She then worked as a biostatistician at the QIMR Berghofer Institute of Medical Research and was also the stats expert there, and at the adjoining Royal Brisbane Women’s Hospital.
Through her role, Leesa delivered statistical education to QIMR staff and researchers every year. But mostly, she helped on a wide variety of projects that had an impact on human health.
She worked in areas like next generation sequencing, which uses complex maths to map an entire human genome in one day, and epigenetics: the study of heritable gene changes, which can be linked to human disorders and fatal diseases, including some cancers. “I loved working on cutting-edge projects, like patterns of chemicals in the brain tissue of patients with schizophrenia,” says Leesa. “There was never a dull moment!”
– Fran Molloy
TO GET THERE: Bachelor of Science (Mathematics and Statistics), University of Queensland
“I loved working on cutting-edge projects, like patterns of chemicals in the brain.”
Author: Fran Molloy
FRAN MOLLOY is a freelance journalist and university lecturer whose career has spanned newspapers, radio and online publications. She writes about business, careers, research, science and environment.