Liam Cheney, mentee in the 2020-21 program in NSW (University of NSW)

Liam Cheney is currently a 2nd year PhD Student at the University of New South Wales. He holds a degree in Advanced Science (Genetics)(Honours). During his undergraduate studies he was also interested in computing and branched out from his genetics major to include computer science aspects. It was then he found his passion for scientific research using both biological and computer-based approaches. Liam’s PhD uses bacterial genomic data to investigate their evolution and epidemiology. At the moment he is analysing ~60,000 Staphylococcus aureus genomes that are responsible for causing Golden Staph disease. He aims to use their genomic information to identify sub-groups within the S. aureus species to trace their transmission throughout hospitals. Saying this, he chose a PhD to further develop an analytical mind and expand on what he knows. The idea of researching in alternative fields of science excites him.

A skill Liam has learnt is the power of science communication. His interest in clear and precise communication has earnt him a reputation as a highly valued demonstrator for undergraduate courses, and people’s choice and runner up at the UNSW level 3-minute thesis competition. Liam’s wants IMNIS to expose him to the styles of communication that industry experts expect. Learning this he will form new partnerships and expand his industry networks. In all, Liam has a “can do” attitude and want his future research to truly improve people’s quality of life.