After achieving big success in biomedical science, VU graduate Vanesa Stojanovska is now researching better outcomes for some of our smallest babies through a prestigious National Health and Medical Research Council grant.
My parents migrated from Macedonia to Australia to ensure that we had the very best opportunities in life. I am the first in my family to attend and graduate university. I chose VU because of its supportive culture, as well as its world-class research opportunities. The high-calibre staff and outstanding facilities fostered my development into a skilled and independent researcher.
Strong written and lab-based skills are essential for a successful career in medical research. Before graduating, I had already obtained full-time employment at the Hudson Institute of Medical Research and was awarded the University Medal for Academic Excellence in Research Training.
I am working full-time now as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow and I have recently received the highly-competitive and prestigious Peter Doherty Early Career Fellowship from the National Health and Medical Research Council. With the support of this $300,000 award, I’ll be investigating how to improve the breathing of pre-term newborns exposed to inflammation during pregnancy.