IMNIS – Beyond the Lab webinar series

Join IMNIS Catalysts as they share their non-traditional STEM career journeys

The Industry Mentoring Network in STEM (IMNIS) is our award-winning industry-led initiative.

IMNIS connects motivated PhD students and postdoctoral fellows in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) with outstanding high-level industry leaders in a one-year mentoring and professional development program. IMNIS Catalyst is an ambassador-style program where former IMNIS mentees represent IMNIS and ATSE in the broader STEM ecosystem.

Beyond the Lab is a webinar series for students in years 8 to 12 around Australia in which IMNIS Catalysts will share their non-traditional STEM Career Journeys. This series is presented by the STELR Project (STELR) as part of the Victorian Challenge and Enrichment Series (VCES).

Webinar: Beyond the Lab: Dr Lauren Jones & Winter Okoth. Tuesday 10 May 11.30am-12.30pm AEST

Tuesday 10 May 2022 — 11:30am-12:30pm (AEST) 

WEEK 3 — Dr Lauren Jones & Winter Okoth

Join IMNIS Catalysts Dr Lauren Jones and Winter Okoth as they discuss their career journeys and their life Beyond The Lab.

Lauren is a cell biologist working at the Flinders Health and Medical Research Institute in Adelaide. Lauren investigates the role of gut serotonin in the gut-brain axis and mental health.

Winter is a third year PhD student in the Laboratory of Vaccines for the Developing World at the Institute for Glycomics, Griffith University. Winter is passionate about the the fight against malaria though research and advocacy and her research focuses of development of a malaria vaccine.


Webinar Beyond the Lab: Mohammad Zaidur Rahman Sabuj & Alejandra Fernandez. Thursday 19 May 11.30am-12.30pm AEST

Thursday 19 May 2022 — 11:30am-12:30pm (AEST) 

WEEK 4 — Mohammad Zaidur Rahman Sabuj & Alejandra Fernandez

Join IMNIS Catalysts Mohammad Zaidur Rahman Sabuj and Alejandra Fernandez as they discuss their career journeys and their life Beyond The Lab.

Mohammad Zaidur Rahman Sabuj is developing nanoparticles that will help deliver drugs more efficiently and reduce toxicity.

Alejandra Fernandez looks at specific parts of our DNA to investigate how they contribute to genomic stability and investigate its potential for cancer therapies.


Webinar Beyond the Lab: Dr Marisa Duong & Adam Johnston. Tuesday 7 June, 2.00pm-3.00pm AEST

Tuesday 7 June 2022 — 2:00pm-3:00pm (AEST) 

WEEK 7 — Dr Marisa Duong and Adam Johnston

Join IMNIS Catalysts Dr Marisa Duong and Adam Johnston as they discuss their career journeys and their life Beyond the Lab.

Marisa has an unceasing love for learning – she keeps finding ways to add positive value to this world through scientific research and education. She is now working as a full-time research scientist at biotech company Proteomics International.

Adam is a solicitor, holding a Master of Laws from the University of New England, and a Graduate Diploma from the Australian Institute of Company Directors. He is currently a PhD (Law) Student at Macquarie University.


Webinar Beyond The Lab: Francios Olivier & Dr Ngozi Chidi-Egboka, Tuesday 14 June 11.30 am-12.30pm AEST

Tuesday 14 June 2022 — 11:30am-12:30pm (AEST) 

WEEK 4 — Francios Olivier and Dr Ngozi Chidi-Egboka

Join IMNIS Catalysts Francios Olivier and Dr Ngozi Chidi-Egboka as they discuss their career journeys and their life Beyond The Lab.

Francios is a life sciences researcher specialising in medical mycology, the study of mushrooms.

Dr Ngozi is a clinical Optometrist and Lecturer in Nigeria. She is in her final year of a PhD on her research interest, eye health in children – examining the relationship with blinking and smartphone use.


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Tuesday 16 August 2022 — 11:00am-12:00pm (AEST) 

WEEK 6 — Dr Amal Mohamed Dameer and Tian Nie

Join IMNIS Catalysts Dr Amal Mohamed Dameer and Tian Nie as they discuss their career journeys and their life Beyond The Lab.

Amal is an experienced medical doctor completing a PhD at RMIT University, Australia. Her Ph.D. research is aiming to improve heart management and outcomes in patients with obstructive sleep apnoea. She holds the position of Respiratory Council Co-Chair and conference organiser in the Australasian Sleep Association (ASA) and has been annually organising the Sleep Down Under Conference with the ASA’s conference organising committee.

Tian is a third-year PhD student at the University of Melbourne, where she uses mouse models to study the long-term effects of hormone therapies on bone among transgender people. She is interested in exploring the impacts of basic science research on society, from science communication to policy making and believes that science should serve both people and the pursuit of knowledge.


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Tuesday 30 August 2022 — 11:00am-12:00pm (AEST) 

WEEK 8 — Dr Malene Ahern & Dr Beatrice Chiew

Join IMNIS Catalysts Dr Malene Ahern & Dr Beatrice Chiew as they discuss their career journeys and their life Beyond The Lab.

Malene is a physiotherapist with more than 20 years of experience in neurological, orthopaedic and geriatric rehabilitation. Since graduating from the University of Sydney, she has worked in Australia and the UK in both general practice and higher level care settings. Malene has recently been awarded her PhD at Macquarie University conducting research in the field of low back pain in primary care.

Beatrice completed her bachelor’s degree at the Monash Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences (MIPS) majoring in Medicinal Chemistry. She then went on to do her Honours and PhD discovering potent inhibitors or chemical blockers for use against HIV and BRCA-1 breast cancer.