Anna Cook (nee Davey) embarks on an exciting new chapter as a PhD and a Mrs.
I've always been interested in science, being a scientist and making a difference through research. Although I thought I'd follow chemistry, towards the end of my undergraduate science degree at Monash, I discovered that I really loved pharmacology-the study of how drugs work. When I did my honours project, I found myself in a great lab working with great mentors, so I stayed on to do my PhD. Now I do the research I've always wanted to do.
I've just completed my PhD researching a class of proteins that are very important to the human body. Excitingly, we uncovered a new mechanism of drug action at these proteins. These findings have the potential to lead to the development of more selective drugs in the future-drugs that have fewer side effects and deliver greater therapeutic benefits.
One of the things I value most about this faculty is that there are many people working on different parts of the drug development process. Having such diversity of skills in the one place enables us to efficiently collaborate and share ideas on how to best design our research and achieve better outcomes.
Monash is a fabulous university to be part of, especially this faculty. It's a great place to work. We have exposure to lots of scientists from very different backgrounds. They come from all around the world, and bring a great variety of expertise and experience with them.
If you're thinking of going into a PhD, choosing a supervisor is probably the single most important aspect. They're the ones who'll mentor you and shape you into the scientist you'll become. They'll help you realise your potential, and empower you to do great research. In this faculty, we certainly have world-class research leaders.
Outside Parkville, I enjoy travelling. I'm recently married, which I'm enjoying very much. I've done classical ballet for many years, and enjoy keeping that on the side. And I'm also involved in my local church, which is an important part of my life outside of work. Travel, marriage, ballet, faith and research-I guess they all take direction, discipline and dedication.