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