Theme is: Science “in situ”: Sharing Our Practice, Our Research, Our Insights
STAV Patron, Associate Professor Misty Jenkins BSc (Hons), PhD, MAICD
Misty Jenkins is a NHMRC fellow and laboratory head in the Immunology Division at Walter and Eliza Hall Institute for Medical Research, where she researches cellular immunology and cancer immunotherapy. Misty studied her PhD in Immunology at The University of Melbourne, followed by postdoctoral positions at The Universities of Cambridge and Oxford, and The Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre in Melbourne. Misty has a long-standing interest in how a specialized group of white blood cells, CD8+ T cells, kill cancer. Her current research program currently researches the use of T cell immunotherapy for brain cancer. A/Prof Jenkins was awarded the L’Oreal for Women in Science Fellowship (2013), was Tall Poppy of the year (2015), was awarded the Westpac/Australian Financial Review Top100 Women of Influence award (2016) in recognition for her significant contribution to science and gender equity. A/Prof Jenkins has been a strong advocate for diversity and inclusion in academia over the past decade and her efforts in this area have been recognized nationally and internationally. In addition to her research career, A/Prof Jenkins is experienced in governance and is a Board Director for Monash Health, Co-Chair of the Indigenous Health Medical Research Future Fund.
Dr Shane Huntington OAM
Shane is the Chief Executive Officer of Little Big Steps; a childrens cancer charity. Shane is also a speaker, trainer and facilitator. He has been providing consulting services in communication and strategy for over 20 years.
He is the host and producer of 3RRR’s science radio program Einstein A Go Go. Over the last 29 years he has interviewed thousands of scientists and explained hundreds of scientific concepts to the public. In 2020 he was awarded an Order of Australia in recognition of his science communication work.
Shane is a prolific writer with articles on Medium.com read more than 80,000 times.
He is the Founder and Director of the Innovation Group Pty Ltd, a scientific equipment supplier in Australia and New Zealand since 1999. Until April 2020 he was the Deputy Director – Strategy and Partnerships in the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences at the University of Melbourne.
Shane was the Founder of the Telescopes in Schools Program, a Victorian based initiative designed to bring the wonders of Astronomy and education to low SES schools in Melbourne’s Northern and Western suburbs and rural districts through the prevision of research grade telescopes and support.
Shane was an academic until 2008 with a PhD in Physics. His specialty was in Photonics and Imaging and he has published more than 70 refereed journal papers. During his 10 years as a researcher he acquired more than $6M in competitive grants.