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Free Energy

Bringing the voices and careers of scientists to students

Free Energy is a series of recorded interviews with Scientists, Science graduates, and Science students from Australia and beyond. The interviewees talk about their careers, their daily work, and how they use science and their science education. Many of the interviews are done by undergraduate students as part of an Undergraduate Research Experience project, so you will hear Susan, the interviewee, and often a student in the recording. If you would like to be interviewed for Free Energy, please contact Susan. 

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Lesley Lluka

  Lesley Lluka is an Australian biomedical science educator and university academic. She initially completed a degree in pharmacy before moving into pharmacology research and then into education. In her interview Lesley explains the importance of mentors and also talks about the power of a science education.   Listen to Lesley's interview by clicking the picture.   Find Lesley at https://www.uq.edu.au/sbms/staff/lesley-lluka

Lesley Lluka is an Australian biomedical science educator and university academic. She initially completed a degree in pharmacy before moving into pharmacology research and then into education. In her interview Lesley explains the importance of mentors and also talks about the power of a science education. Listen to Lesley's interview by clicking the picture. Find Lesley at https://www.uq.edu.au/sbms/staff/lesley-lluka

Uru Malik

 Uru Malik is a management consultant who completed a science degree, a masters degree, and a PhD in Science and Business. It's an interesting and unusual combination of study, and Uru explains how to multitask and negotiate your time to achieve your goals. Click on Uru's picture to hear her interview. Find Uru at https;//au.linkedin.com/in/urumalik

Uru Malik is a management consultant who completed a science degree, a masters degree, and a PhD in Science and Business. It's an interesting and unusual combination of study, and Uru explains how to multitask and negotiate your time to achieve your goals. Click on Uru's picture to hear her interview. Find Uru at https;//au.linkedin.com/in/urumalik

Glenn King

  Glenn King is an Australian biochemist who works on the venoms of spiders, scorpions, and centipedes. He has worked in the UK and the USA and has a start-up company. He also has a room full of funnel web spiders in his lab. Listen to Glenn's interview by clicking the picture. Find him at https://au.linkedin.com/in/glenn-king-64660aa5

Glenn King is an Australian biochemist who works on the venoms of spiders, scorpions, and centipedes. He has worked in the UK and the USA and has a start-up company. He also has a room full of funnel web spiders in his lab. Listen to Glenn's interview by clicking the picture. Find him at https://au.linkedin.com/in/glenn-king-64660aa5

Don Kakuda

  Don Kakuda is an American biology graduate and patent attorney. He specializes in business development for scientific research. In this interview he talks about some helpful strategies for getting your foot in the door in a new industry. Click on Don's picture to listen. Find Don at https://www.linkedin.com/in/donkakdua

Don Kakuda is an American biology graduate and patent attorney. He specializes in business development for scientific research. In this interview he talks about some helpful strategies for getting your foot in the door in a new industry. Click on Don's picture to listen. Find Don at https://www.linkedin.com/in/donkakdua

Melissa Brown

  Melissa Brown  is an Australian biochemist, molecular biologist, and university professor. She researches breast cancer. Melissa talks about her career pathway and the importance of personal relationships in science. Click on Melissa's picture to hear her interview. Find her at https://au.linkedin/com/in/melissa-brown-10435a20

Melissa Brown is an Australian biochemist, molecular biologist, and university professor. She researches breast cancer. Melissa talks about her career pathway and the importance of personal relationships in science. Click on Melissa's picture to hear her interview. Find her at https://au.linkedin/com/in/melissa-brown-10435a20

David Julius

  David Julius  is an American physiologist and college professor. He researches the receptors that sense pain. He talks about how he made choices in his career, the beauty of experiments, and the fear of failure, even when you are famous! David's interview will be coming soon. Find him at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Julius

David Julius is an American physiologist and college professor. He researches the receptors that sense pain. He talks about how he made choices in his career, the beauty of experiments, and the fear of failure, even when you are famous! David's interview will be coming soon. Find him at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Julius

Victor Argaet

 Victor Argaet is a patent attorney and a biochemistry graduate. He explains that writing and prosecuting patents is like being a detective! He uses his science PhD to help science researchers turn their ideas into commercially protected products. Victor's interview is coming soon. Find him at https://au.linkedin.com/in/victor-argaet-16a47

Victor Argaet is a patent attorney and a biochemistry graduate. He explains that writing and prosecuting patents is like being a detective! He uses his science PhD to help science researchers turn their ideas into commercially protected products. Victor's interview is coming soon. Find him at https://au.linkedin.com/in/victor-argaet-16a47

Baptiste Coxam

  Baptiste Coxam is a French research scientist. At the time of this interview he was pursuing a PhD in Australia, working on zebrafish development. Baptiste explains how he decided to do a PhD and gives us some truthful and funny information about what it's like to do a PhD.   Listen to Baptiste's interview by clicking the picture.   Find Baptiste at https://au.linkedin.com/in/baptiste-coxam-82434012

Baptiste Coxam is a French research scientist. At the time of this interview he was pursuing a PhD in Australia, working on zebrafish development. Baptiste explains how he decided to do a PhD and gives us some truthful and funny information about what it's like to do a PhD. Listen to Baptiste's interview by clicking the picture. Find Baptiste at https://au.linkedin.com/in/baptiste-coxam-82434012

Jenni Metcalfe

 Jenni Metcalfe is an Australian Science Communicator. Jenni has completed multiple degrees, including a Science-focused Education degree. She gives us a broad perspective of potential career pathways in Science Communication.  Listen to Jenni's interview by clicking the picture.  Follow Jenni on Twitter @JenniMet

Jenni Metcalfe is an Australian Science Communicator. Jenni has completed multiple degrees, including a Science-focused Education degree. She gives us a broad perspective of potential career pathways in Science Communication. Listen to Jenni's interview by clicking the picture. Follow Jenni on Twitter @JenniMet

Brian Gabrielli

 Brian Gabrielli is an Australian researcher who works on melanoma. He says he got into science "because I didn't want to get a real job!" Not having a "proper" career has taken him all over the world. Listen to Brian's interview by clicking the picture. Find Brian at https://au.linkedin.com/in/brian-gabrielli-96886927 

Brian Gabrielli is an Australian researcher who works on melanoma. He says he got into science "because I didn't want to get a real job!" Not having a "proper" career has taken him all over the world. Listen to Brian's interview by clicking the picture. Find Brian at https://au.linkedin.com/in/brian-gabrielli-96886927 

Sarah Sweet

  Sarah Sweet is an astrophysicist. She graduated from her business and science degree and worked for 8 years before she decided she needed more challenge, and returned to do a PhD. Click on Sarah's picture to listen. Find her at www.sarahsweet.com.au

Sarah Sweet is an astrophysicist. She graduated from her business and science degree and worked for 8 years before she decided she needed more challenge, and returned to do a PhD. Click on Sarah's picture to listen. Find her at www.sarahsweet.com.au

Gene Tyson

  Gene Tyson   is a Australian Senior Research Fellow. He works on genome analysis of the bacteria that influence our climate. He talks about his decision to pursue a PhD in the USA after working as a research assistant and the beauty of microbiology. Click on Gene's picture to hear his interview. Find him at http://researchers.uq.edu.au/researcher/645

Gene Tyson is a Australian Senior Research Fellow. He works on genome analysis of the bacteria that influence our climate. He talks about his decision to pursue a PhD in the USA after working as a research assistant and the beauty of microbiology. Click on Gene's picture to hear his interview. Find him at http://researchers.uq.edu.au/researcher/645

Jacqui Batley

  Jacqui Batley is a British plant geneticist. She loves brussels sprouts for their interesting DNA. She explains the pros and cons of working in government and university laboratories.   Listen to Jacqui's interview by clicking the picture.   Find Jacqui's group at http://www.batleylab.net/index.php/Main_Page

Jacqui Batley is a British plant geneticist. She loves brussels sprouts for their interesting DNA. She explains the pros and cons of working in government and university laboratories. Listen to Jacqui's interview by clicking the picture. Find Jacqui's group at http://www.batleylab.net/index.php/Main_Page

Vito Ferro

  Vito Ferro is an Australian research chemist and university academic. He previously worked in the drug discovery industry. Vito talks about making the transition from academia to industry and back again. Listen to Vito's interview by clicking on the picture. Find Vito at https://staff.scmb.uq.edu.au/staff/vito-ferro

Vito Ferro is an Australian research chemist and university academic. He previously worked in the drug discovery industry. Vito talks about making the transition from academia to industry and back again. Listen to Vito's interview by clicking on the picture. Find Vito at https://staff.scmb.uq.edu.au/staff/vito-ferro

Carl Smith

 Carl Smith is a journalist. At the time of this interview he was studying a dual BSc/Journalism degree and managing JAC Radio at UQ. Carl talks about the importance of communicating science to the world, and the different ways he adds value to his Science degree. Click on Carl's picture to listen to the interview. Find Carl at @Carl3Smith

Carl Smith is a journalist. At the time of this interview he was studying a dual BSc/Journalism degree and managing JAC Radio at UQ. Carl talks about the importance of communicating science to the world, and the different ways he adds value to his Science degree. Click on Carl's picture to listen to the interview. Find Carl at @Carl3Smith

Julie Klint

  Julie Klint is a Danish biochemist who now works in Germany. It this time of this interview she was a PhD student in Australia. She explains how she ended up working in Australia after a chance meeting between supervisors. Click on Julie's picture to hear her interview. Find her at https://de.linkedin.com/in/juliekklint

Julie Klint is a Danish biochemist who now works in Germany. It this time of this interview she was a PhD student in Australia. She explains how she ended up working in Australia after a chance meeting between supervisors. Click on Julie's picture to hear her interview. Find her at https://de.linkedin.com/in/juliekklint

CLAIRE Barrett

  Claire Barrett  is a British Rheumatologist who works in Australia. She talks about how she completed research in genetics as part of her undergraduate training. Listen to Claire's interview by clicking the picture. Find her at http://www.doctoralia.com.au/healthpro /claire+barrett-11590158. 

Claire Barrett is a British Rheumatologist who works in Australia. She talks about how she completed research in genetics as part of her undergraduate training. Listen to Claire's interview by clicking the picture. Find her at http://www.doctoralia.com.au/healthpro /claire+barrett-11590158. 

Joel Gilmore

 Joel Gilmore is a physicist, performer, energy expert, and magician. Joel gives us an insight into how to build a freelance career if you hate doing experiments and love a crowd! Joel's interview will be coming soon. Find Joel at www.joelgilmore.com.au 

Joel Gilmore is a physicist, performer, energy expert, and magician. Joel gives us an insight into how to build a freelance career if you hate doing experiments and love a crowd! Joel's interview will be coming soon. Find Joel at www.joelgilmore.com.au