Conference Session Booklets


Science Communication Workshop, 12.30-1.45pm

Want to boost your scientific communication skills? Join the MDHS Science Communication Workshop and get top-notch advice from Dr Shane Huntington, who has interviewed thousands of researches on radio since 1994, including Jane Goodall and Apollo astronaut captain Gene Cernan!

Shane is an exceptionally engaging host of the 3RRR science-based radio show, Einstein A Go-Go. He completed Honours in physics in 1993, during which his passion for science communication and radio was cultivated. Shane completed his PhD in physics and became a successful physicist at the University of Melbourne where he accumulated $10M in competitive funding and published over 80 papers.

Outside of academia, amongst other business ventures, Shane established and ran his own company, The Innovation Group Pty. Ltd., which is now the leading provider of Atomic Force Microscopes in Australia and New Zealand. Today, Shane has more than 4,000 followers on Twitter (@DrShaneRRR) and broadcasts interviews with researchers (including PhD students) across a variety of fields, to communicate current science to people all over the world!

For more information on Dr Shane Huntington and Einstein A Go-Go visit and

Careers Q&A Panel, 4-5pm

Wondering what your employment options after your graduate? Not sure where to start? Join us for the Careers Q&A to hear from 5 PhD graduates with stellar careers in both academic and industry areas – A/Prof Nicholas Opie, Dr Ashish Sethi, Dr Maryam Hussain, Dr Simran Kaur, and Dr Danijela Mirosa. You'll have the opportunity hear about their career journeys, get advice on how to kickstart your career, and ask any burning questions you have about different roles in academia and industry!

  • A/Prof Nicholas Opie is a biomedical engineer with experience in neural prostheses and co-head of the Vascular Bionics Laboratory. He completed his BE (Hons) and BSc undergraduate degrees at Monash University in 2007, his MBA at Melbourne Business School in 2018 and was awarded his PhD in 2012 for research developing a bionic eye. Nicholas is also a Founding Director and CTO of Synchron, a company incorporated to translate endovascular bionic technology into clinical application.
  • Dr Ashish Sethi obtained his PhD in 2017 from the University of Melbourne. Currently, he is working as a postdoctoral research fellow in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, University of Melbourne. Last year, Ashish was awarded an Early Career Research Grant by the University of Melbourne. Dr Ashish has published 14 research articles so far, including first and co-authored research papers in high impact journals such as Nature Communications and Cell Reports.
  • Dr Maryam Hussain obtained her PhD from the University of Bern in 2018, where she developed an expertise in immunology with a focus on host-microbiome interaction and allergy development. Afterwards, Maryam transitioned into industry by joining CSL Behring in 2019, where she was responsible for the timely release of clinical products. In 2020, Maryam was appointed the role of Medical Science Liaison, with a focus on therapeutics for interstitial lung diseases at Boehringer Ingelheim. In this position, Maryam provides scientific training and engages with key experts and physicians.
  • Dr Simranpreet Kaur completed her undergraduate studies in Bachelor of Engineering in Biotechnology from Panjab University India in 2007. After working as a research analyst with BioXcel Corporation,  she completed two master's degrees (M. App.Sc in Molecular Biotechnology and M.Phil in Medicine) from the University of Sydney in 2011. After working at Queensland Brain Institute as a research assistant in 2015, Simran relocated to Melbourne in 2016 to undertake her PhD at the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute where she now works as a post-doctoral researcher in the MitoBrain group. Simran’s research was recently featured on the front cover of Human Mutation.
  • Dr Danijela Mirosa is the Franchise Director of Oncology for the Oceanic Cluster, Takeda Pharmaceuticals, based in Sydney. Her qualifications include a PhD in Biomedicine from the University of Melbourne, and an MBA from Melbourne Business School. She has over 16 years of “bench to business” biopharmaceutical experience across rare and specialty disease areas. Danijela spent more than 6 years as a translational research scientist in the Australian biotechnology sector and has held numerous commercial roles across diverse therapeutic areas such as Immunology, Neurology, Haemophilia, Oncology and Ophthalmology, as well as more recently in Strategy and Patient Services.

Social Activities

Virtual socialise – relax and have some virtual coffee with your colleagues.

Networking – introduce yourself and converse with your fellow speakers and delegates!

Games – to play Among Us, attendees need to download the Among Us app on their phone (Android / iPhone).

Among Us is similar to the classic game “Mafia” or “Werewolf”, where players attempt to identify the impostors before the impostors can eliminate the crewmates! Among Us includes a fresh twist on this social deduction game: crewmates must run around a spaceship to complete tasks, while impostors race to eliminate crewmates or sabotage the ship.

Conference will be running virtually via Whova

All the themes listed below will be running concurrently:

Cancer  -  Infection/Immunity  -  Neuroscience  -  
Psychological Science  -  Biomedicine  -  Translational/Clinical  -  
Paediatrics  -  Population Health