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Dr Evans-Galea is the inaugural Executive Director of the Industry Mentoring Network in STEM (IMNIS) with the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering, and co-founder and CEO of Women in STEMM Australia.

With a PhD in molecular biology and over 15 years experience leading biomedical research programs in cell and gene therapy at world-leading organisations in the United States and Australia, Dr Evans-Galea’s research and leadership have been internationally recognised with numerous awards. She is currently the Australasian Associate Editor with Gene Therapy (Springer-Nature).

Dr Evans-Galea has chaired executive committees, and served with advisory groups in state and federal governments. Strongly committed to empowering early-mid career researchers (EMCRs), she regularly mentors students, postdoctoral fellows and faculty. Dr Evans-Galea has developed graduate mentoring programs in the USA, was the founding chair of the EMCR Forum with the Australian Academy of Science and chaired the Australian Science and Innovation Forum with the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering.

An internationally recognised advocate for women in STEMM, Dr Evans-Galea has represented Australia at the APEC Women in STEM meetings, served on the Science in Australia Gender Equity (SAGE) Expert Advisory Group and is a member of the first Ministerial Council for Women's Equality in Victoria. She communicates regularly on a range of science- and career-related topics via social and mainstream media.

Dr Evans-Galea has also been recognised with an Australian Leadership Award and is an inductee and Ambassador for the Victorian Honour Roll of Women.

Media Articles: 3

Seven myths about scientists debunked

As scientific researchers, we are often surprised by some of the assumptions made about us by those outside our profession. So we put together a list of common myths we and our colleagues have heard anecdotally regarding scientific researchers. ## Myth 1: Researchers are paid by their research institutes A research-focused academic will be provided with excellent colleagues, space, core technical support and often some money for lab maintenance. But not always a salary. Tenure is rare and is more likely to occur in...

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Explainer: what are neurogenetic diseases?

Each year, thousands of Australians are diagnosed with an inherited condition that affects their nervous system. Neurogenetic disease is an umbrella term to describe these conditions, which are primarily caused by an alteration – or mutation – in our DNA. Affecting both the young and the elderly, these disorders are typically chronic and debilitating. In some cases, they are degenerative and...

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Inspiring science: fast-track PhD graduates into teaching

MATHS AND SCIENCE EDUCATION: We’ve asked our authors about the state of maths and science education in Australia and its future direction. In this instalment, Marguerite Evans-Galea, Darren Saunders, and Krystal Evans look at ways we can improve the transition from research to teaching. __ Ask a PhD student what attracted them into research and they'll probably answer they wanted to make a difference. Ask a teacher what attracted them to the classroom and you will probably hear the same reply. There is a...

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