Fetal and neonatal research scientist chosen for Superstars of STEM program

Dr Erin McGillick is one of 60 brilliant women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics who has been chosen for this acclaimed national program.

Minister for Industry, Science and Technology Karen Andrews today officially announced those chosen for Science & Technology Australia’s prestigious Superstars of STEM program in 2021-22.

Science & Technology Australia Chief Executive Officer Misha Schubert said the program gave women in STEM stronger skills and confidence to step into expert commentary roles in the media.

“It’s hard to be what you can’t see,” she said. “Women are still seriously under-represented in STEM leadership roles. The Superstars of STEM program sets out to smash stereotypes of what a scientist, technologist, engineer or mathematician looks like – these powerful role models show girls that STEM is for them.”

Research Scientist, Fetal and Neonatal Health Research Group at Hudson Institute, Dr Erin McGillick, who has a joint appointment with Monash School of Clinical Sciences, is excited to be able to encourage more young women and girls to explore careers in STEM.

“I’m so excited to continue sharing my own research journey and promoting visibility for diversity and inclusion in STEM, so that younger generations can see there are many ways to be a scientist and that STEM is for everyone,” said Dr McGillick.

Dr McGillick’s research is using cutting edge preclinical models and state-of-the-art X-ray imaging techniques to identify how newborn respiratory complications arise and then developing new or improved strategies to assist compromised babies successfully make the transition to air-breathing at birth.

Supported by the Australian Government’s Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources, these next 60 Superstars of STEM will participate in the program in 2021 and 2022.

See the full list of Monash superstars participating in the program here.