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Kathryn Ross

Associate lecturer, Curtin University

I am an astrophysicist and post doctoral researcher studying baby black holes and twinkling galaxies. I have a PhD working with telescopes around Australia, in particular, the Murchison Widefield Array, a radio telescope based in the remote outback of Western Australia.

I have worked extensively as a science communicator and activist for women in STEM including leading a national movement, IncludeHer, which seeks to transform our approach to science education and include more authentic and relatable role models for all students while demonstrating the collaborative nature of modern science.

I am a proud bisexual and agender person and was diagnosed as an adult with ADHD. I am looking to help create safe spaces for other LGBTQIA+ and neurodiverse individuals.


  • 2022–present
    Associate lecturer, ICRAR - Curtin University
  • 2019–2022
    PhD student, ICRAR - Curtin University
  • 2017–2019
    Assistant researcher, University of Sydney


  • 2022 
    Curtin University, PhD


ExxonMobil Student Scientist of the Year 2022