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Australian Government Women in STEM Ambassador, Professor, UNSW

Astrophysicist, Professor of Practice in Science Communication at UNSW Sydney and Australian Government’s Women in STEM Ambassador.

Author of ‘When Galaxies Collide’ and 'Under the Stars: Astrophysics for Bedtime" and presenter on ABC Television’s Stargazing Live.

My research interests include the origin and evolution of cosmic magnetism, supernova remnants, the interstellar medium, massive star formation, galaxy mergers and astrophysical masers.

Former Project Scientist for CSIRO’s Australian Square Kilometre Array Pathfinder (ASKAP), and for the Square Kilometre Array.


  • 2018–present
    Professor, UNSW
  • 2009–2018
    Research Astronomer, CSIRO
  • 2007–2009
    Postdoctoral Research Fellow, The University of Sydney
  • 2005–2007
    Support Scientist, Joint Institute for VLBI in Europe


  • 2005 
    The University of Manchester, Ph.D. Radio Astronomy
  • 2002 
    The University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Master of Physics (Hons)


  • 2018
    When Galaxies Collide, Melbourne University Press

Professional Memberships

  • International Astronomical Union
  • Astronomical Society of Australia

Research Areas

  • Galactic Astronomy (020104)
  • Astronomical And Space Sciences (0201)
  • Cosmology And Extragalactic Astronomy (020103)