Scarborough researcher selected for Antarctic expedition

Nina Tirnitz-Parker, of Scarborough, will go to Antarctica next year as part of an international program.
Nina Tirnitz-Parker, of Scarborough, will go to Antarctica next year as part of an international program.

SCARBOROUGH science researcher Nina Tirnitz-Parker is joining an all-female group of 100 academics for an Antarctic expedition.

Dr Tirnitz-Parker is one of three Curtin University researchers selected for the year-long international Homeward Bound program, which culminates in a 21-day expedition to Antarctica.

The program aims to heighten the influence and impact of women in STEMM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine).

Dr Tirnitz-Parker, an expert in liver stem cells and cancer biology, said she was honoured to be selected along with fellow Curtin University researchers Catherine Boisvert and Rachel Sheffield.

“I am delighted to become part of this global group of passionate women who are coming together to network, support each other and develop as leaders,” she said.

“I hope that together we can change the perception of women in STEMM, change workplace dynamics, increase opportunities for women in leadership positions and inspire other women to join us on this incredible journey.”