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Wonder Women 

From Ada Lovelace to Marie Curie and Rosalind Franklin, for centuries female scientists have helped change the world as we know it. As trailblazers, they pushed the boundaries and paved the way for the women in science today. In the articles below, we hope you are inspired by the female talented researchers from the Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute.  

"Don’t be afraid to put your hat in the ring and be vocal about your goals."

Celine Santiago, the latest recipient of the prestigious Ralph Reader Young Investigator Prize, is a passionate researcher who has big dreams here and abroad.

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"There’s a lot of science in gardening - understanding elements, mixing chemicals, finding balance."

On a quiet Saturday morning, Professor Diane Fatkin is elbow deep in mulch, tending to her garden after climbing a staggering 950 metres up Mt Solitary in the Blue Mountains.

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"When you're doing something that you love, when you hit rock bottom, it's easier to get back up again."

Dr Audrey Adji has been awarded a scholarship for women in health and medical research. After a demanding and stressful year, it couldn't have come at a better time.

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"Build your career as you want it. For me, it's not a sprint, it's a marathon."

Dr Monique Bax has just been announced as one of 40 winners of AMP's Tomorrow Fund. This is such a rewarding acknowledgement for our heart researcher, who found her true calling in science after working in retail, law, and construction.

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"You can only be really good at something you are passionate about"

Growing up in a family of neurologists, Dr Inken Martin followed a different career path after treating patients with heart disease. She immediately felt she could make a bigger difference in Cardiology and the greatest impact in heart research. 

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"My top 3 tips for PhD students" 

Innovation Award winner, Dr Jeanette Villanueva, shares her journey from PhD student to Senior Scientist leading cutting-edge transplantation research. 

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"My advice to young women in science"

What's it like to be a woman in science? Here, Dr Anita Ayer explains why she chose a career in STEM, and her top tips for getting ahead in research. 

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"How I juggle the work / life balance as a scientist and a mother" 

Here Dr Emily Wong reveals how she established her own laboratory in a field dominated by males, while also raising a young family. 

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“I have always loved a challenge, and research allows you to ask questions and then find a way to answer them.”

Dr Nikki Bart has just been awarded the prestigious Fulbright Scholarship which will support her research into genetics and heart failure at Harvard Medical School. 

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"Go for it with the belief that being a woman doesn’t make a difference."

Dr Sarah Scheuer has always had a passion for discovery. In this Q&A, Sarah discusses her research and shares some advice for women considering doing a PhD and pursuing a career in science. 

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