Yingkai (Kathy) Wei, mentee in the 2020-21 program in VIC (Monash University).

Kathy Wei is currently a PhD student from the Monash Institute of Pharmaceutical Science (MIPS). Her PhD project focuses on using an interdisciplinary approach combining microfluidic technology (material science) with neurobiology to develop an artificial sensory neuron platform for the objective detection and quantification of pain. Kathy is super passionate about her research as she has always had a strong belief that in order for a technology to be translatable into a useable product to solve real problem in the community, a cross-disciplinary of shared expertise is required. She has a strong interest in the translation of interdisciplinary technologies.

In 2012, Kathy graduated from the University of Queensland with a Bachelor of Pharmacy (Class I Honours) degree. Prior to pursuing her PhD, she worked as a pharmacy manager in an independent community pharmacy for 5 years. During this period, she was responsible for managing all aspects of the pharmacy and business operations, including three pharmacy external audit accreditations as well as organising the pharmacy relocation. In 2018, after extensive travel and being inspired by innovative ideas from different countries, she joined Professor Nicolas Voelcker’s group at Monash University. Apart from research, Kathy is also actively involved in student organisations. She is currently the Marketing Officer of Parkville Postgraduate Association (PPA) and 2020 Three Minutes Thesis – MIPS faculty winner.

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