NATASHA Gill’s passion for studying the human body and how it inspires technology developments has paid off.
The Kallaroo 18-year-old was recently awarded an undergraduate scholarship valued at $15,000 to help with her degree in Laboratory Medicine specialising in Forensic Biology and Toxicology at Murdoch University.
“I’ve always been interested in health sciences and how the body works, and I considered various health professions before deciding on laboratory medicine,” the Sacred Heart College graduate said.
“The human body is so intricate and we’re still learning so much, and it’s exciting to think that I’ll be able to work with people in the forefront of the field.
“I’ve only recently become interested in the forensic method, particularly how crime scenes are analysed after investigation – it’s a fascinating application of the science of the human body.”
Ms Gill said after her studies, she hoped to work in toxicological research, investigating how drugs, poisons and toxins affect the body.
“I’m especially interested in the effects of organic toxins and compounds,” she said.
“Knowing what affects us and how is such an integral part of health science, and maybe one day I could use what I learn in the field to contribute to the development of medical treatments – but that’s a while away still.”
Ms Gill said she hoped to use the Westpac Young Technologists Scholarship to learn from the experts around Australia by travelling to attend summits and conferences to improve her knowledge.
The scholarship will also see her join an enrichment program, involving mentoring, paid internships and overseas experience.