Joanne is currently a 2nd year PhD candidate at the Monash Biomedicine Discovery Institute and is a member of the Prostate Cancer Research Group. Before her PhD education, Joanne received a Bachelors of Biomedicine from the University of Melbourne, and she subsequently proceeded with a Masters degree at Monash University. During her Master’s degree, she was accepted as an intern at Jassen Pharmaceuticals and contributed towards improving the delivery of the company’s healthcare services to regional and rural Australia. Also, Joanne completed a 9-month research project under her current PhD supervisors. Her passion for drug discovery and the hope to improve patient care has led to her decision to continue with a PhD.
Joanne’s PhD project aims to identify effective therapies for an aggressive, incurable subtype of prostate cancer. Her project involves using mouse models of prostate cancer to test various existing and novel cancer therapeutics. Aside from her project, she also dedicates her time working as a teaching associate for a Master-level subject at Monash University.
In her free time, Joanne enjoys spending time with her pet bunny and friends. Also, she has been learning about the stock market and corporate finance in between her experiments. By participating in this program, she is looking forward to opportunities as a research scientist in the industry or a position where she could utilise her knowledge in science and finance.
You can reach Joanne at: https://www.linkedin.com/in/zhuoer-lii/