Marine scientist Dr Jennifer Matthews is working to rid our oceans of microplastics, while biomedical engineer Dr Jiao Jiao Li wants to build new tissues and organs. Both women now have the opportunity to share their vision with a wider audience as newly announced Superstars of STEM for Science & Technology Australia.
The two researchers are among 60 high-achieving women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics stepping into the media and science communications spotlight in the acclaimed national program. The Superstars of Stem for 2021-22 were announced today by Federal Minister for Industry, Science and Technology Karen Andrews.
Dr Jiao Jiao Li, from UTS School of Biomedical Engineering, said she is thrilled to have been chosen from a very competitive national field.
“As ‘tissue engineers’, we are working across diverse fields of STEM to address the worldwide shortage of donor organs. By combining ideas from engineering, cell biology, materials science and nanotechnology, just to name a few, we hope to build new tissues and body parts to save lives and help people live longer and better,” Dr Li said.