A positive impact

PhD candidate, Lovelle Poh, is investigating the role of biological and engineered nanoparticles in pregnancy success

We asked Lovelle about her passion for science, PhD experience, and her work with the Baker Heart and Diabetes Institute.

Started young

I have an enduring fascination with science that started at a young age. When I was first taught science at school, I felt like I suddenly had the answers to all my questions! Since then, every decision I have made has led me to a higher degree in science.

Turning passion into a PhD

I chose to study at La Trobe because the University offers a hands-on, engaging and impactful experience. I have thoroughly enjoyed my PhD journey so far and I am very fortunate to work with like-minded colleagues. A memorable moment so far has been the opportunity to share my work with fellow scientists at conferences and symposiums.

I am now in my third year of a PhD, investigating biological and laboratory-engineered extracellular vesicles, or cell particles, by applying advanced technologies including functional proteomics. This has provided important insights into the way the embryo and mother communicate at a cellular level during implantation. I am working to develop a new strategy for therapeutic delivery using nanoparticles to improve pregnancy success.

The future

I plan on continuing my career in biomedical science, combining both biology and technology to provide new insights into cell signalling. No matter where I end up, the most important thing is for my work to be meaningful and have a positive impact. Knowing that I am dedicated to a cause that may help someone, someday, is what motivates me to keep going.