Australia—Fireside with Onisha Patel

SEEMA Summit presents Dr. Onisha Patel in a conversation with Sasha Borges.

Dr Onisha Patel is a structural biologist at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research (WEHI), Melbourne, Australia. She uses cutting-edge imaging technologies, including the Australian Synchrotron facility, to capture the inner beauty of molecules that make up life at a nanoscale.

Onisha’s work uncovers the structure of proteins and contributes to a greater understanding of how they work. This knowledge helps scientists develop more targeted treatments.

Onisha’s research has made an impact. It has led to a drug in clinical trials for a type of bone marrow cancer, reagents to detect a specialised type of immune cells being distributed by the National Institute of Health and the Eureka Prize for Scientific Research. She has held an Australian Research Council Future Fellowship, published in high profile journals, secured competitive funding and holds a patent.

She’s a strong supporter of diversity and inclusion in STEM and has been a mentor for programs like BrainSTEM, Freedom English Academy and Elizabeth Blackburn Sciences Extended Investigation program. I have organised to interview Dr Onisha Patel on Monday next week.