Life Sciences Committee Members

Lisa Crowley  (Chair)

Lisa is a Research Operations Manager with over 10 years’ experience as a biomedical and clinical researcher. She completed a PhD in Medicine and Health from University College Cork (Ireland). In 2011 she moved to Brisbane to take on a biomedical post-doctoral position. During this time, she realised her passion for translational research and shifted to clinical research, choosing to concentrate on Stillbirth prevention. Lisa has always been driven to improve the research working environments. actively participating in committees including the ECR committees, User groups and mentoring. In 2014 Lisa she took an opportunity to concentrate on the operational side of research. Currently she oversees the operations of Mater Research across 3 sites. Through this she has honed skills such as project management, organization, communication and collaboration.

Clarissa Rios 

Clarissa Rios is an experienced researcher and scientist with more than 10 years of experience in conducting multilateral scientific projects and publishing scientific articles in the areas of Biomedicine and Molecular Biology. She did her bachelors at the Mayor National University of San Marcos (Peru), followed by exchange studies at University of Turku (Finland). She graduated with the master in Biomedicine and Neurosciences from Karolinska Institute University (Sweden) and currently she is finishing her PhD at University of Queensland (Australia).

She is also passionate about social development, her vision is to empower Latin students and promote the social and economic development of Latin American countries through education, science and technology. Hence, she is the Founder and Director of the non profit: Ekpapalek ( which offers opportunity for professional development.

Clarissa is also an advocate for gender equality, she is one of the current Global Champions for women economic empowerment (WEE) 2015-2016 of the platform Empower women from UN Women. As a champion for WEE she is currently developing a project for empowering women in Peru that seeks to change women’s current role models (Ekpapalek Mujeres). Moreover, she works with Women International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) developing webinar series showcasing the achievements of Australian women who have been acknowledged by WILPF as Peacewomen for their contributions to peace building within their communities. 

Her global experience has allowed her to develop key strengths in innovation, research, management and team leadership, public speaking and excellent interpersonal skills in a variety of working cultures including non-profits, start-ups, universities and research organizations"

Catherine Kim

Catherine is a PhD Candidate and an XL Catlin Oceans Scholar at the University of Queensland.  Her research focuses on coral reef ecology of Timor-Leste and has the privilege of gathering baseline coral reef phototransects across the Indo-Pacific with the XL Catlin Seaview Survey.  The project also collects 360 degree, underwater imagery which can be viewed as ‘virtual diving’ on Google StreetView.  Catherine enjoys science outreach and communication and is a Young Science Ambassador through the Wonders of Science Program at UQ.  Previously, she worked for Professor Drew Harvell at Cornell University working on coral disease in Hawai‘i and seagrass wasting disease in the San Juan Islands after graduating with a BS in Science of Earth Systems.

Nasim Amiralian

Nasim Amiralian is an Advance Queensland Research Fellow in the area of nanomaterials engineering in Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology, The University of Queensland. While passionate about fundamental science and engineering, Nasim is strongly focused on pursuing commercial endeavours associated with her research area. This includes working with industry partners to advance and translate her research into products that will benefit the economy and strengthen Australia's position in the global market.

Nasim’s research has also been instrumental in fostering linkages and delivering job opportunities for Indigenous Australians.

Nasim is passionate about inspiring the next generation of young scientists. She has been instrumental in the development of a culture of collaboration and career support for UQ's next generation of research leaders. Her vision is to help different committees to create a program that enables all early and mid-career researchers to reach their career goals and achieve research excellence. She also like to share her enthusiasm for science with high school students and potential undergraduate students who are curious about a career in science.

Elise Hogan 

Elise Hogan is Area Business Director – Australia/New Zealand and SEA Sorin Group.  She has an extensive knowledge of Cardiovascular devices and their clinical application has provided the foundations for Elise’s successful career in the medical devices industry.  Senior and autonomous management roles with multinational medical device companies have developed Elise’s financial and operational skills to a high level.   As a recognised strategic leader, and capable General Manager, Elise has had the privilege to manage to establishment of two multinational medical device companies in Australia.  Her entrepreneurial spirit and keen business acumen have resulted in the growth of successful subsidiaries for two high profile companies.   Elise has a wealth of experience in the healthcare industry throughout Asia, Europe, Aust/NZ and with USA teams.  This experience has developed strong clinical and commercial networks though out the world.  It has also given her an extensive knowledge of the regulatory and commercial landscape of many developing regional markets, and experience in business development projects throughout the world.
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