Life Sciences Chapter - 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.



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.



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.


Dr. Kinnari Shelat

 Dr Kinnari possesses PhD in material science from University of South Australia, with expertise in providing consulting and problem solving to different clients ranging from PhD students, postdocs and industry. Presently, I have dual role at the University of Queensland, Senior Professional officer at AIBN, ANFF-Q and Research fellow at QAAFI.  My role involves varied responsibilities; training & supervision of PhD students, designing & implementing various experiments and providing ‘tailor-made’ solutions for a range of different types of samples from food to minerals particularly for characterising complex structure and surface properties using RAMAN, FTIR and AFM.

Currently I am playing a role of nexus between the areas of food industry and material science, my dual role allows me to identify gapes within food product development area and provides platform to apply material science analytical techniques to generate unique information in the field of food microstructure and properties. 

I am an active member of polymer division of RACI and Women in Technology (WiT).















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