Hanadi Hoblos is a self-confessed science nerd. She’s also a fearless young woman who won't take no for an answer!
Hanadi’s obsession with ‘all things science’ started even before High School. She spent endless hours looking at the patterns in nature. It was all she could think about. After leaving year 12, Hanadi started a degree in Life Sciences at Monash University – a dream come true.
However, while Hanadi’s love affair with science blossomed, her home life was at breaking point. Determined not to let anything stand in her way, Hanadi took matters into her own hands, making the brave decision to move out, get a place of her own and start a new life.
“There were times when things were bleak, I felt isolated, alone and tired but I knew I couldn’t give up”.
In 2017, Hanadi received a scholarship from the Foundation. This meant instead of working as a waitress or tutoring to make ends meet, she could focus on staring down a microscope.
“When I’m looking down the microscope, it’s like I’m seeing the world at a completely different scale. With the fluorescent light beaming through a very dark room, it sometimes feels as if I have transcended into some other worldly place”.
Hanadi’s dedication has paid off and in a MASSIVE WAY! Late last year, her research placed in the top 10 at the Australasian Conference in the Life Sciences category - pretty special considering 7,000 submissions were made from undergraduates worldwide!
Following this success, Hanadi is soon to start a four-month internship at the European Molecular Biology Laboratory in Heidelberg, Germany to study under a world-leading expert in Electron Microscopy. This is a huge opportunity! She will stand where brilliant Nobel prize winning scientists have been, further cementing her aspirations.
Come July, she will head back to Australia to start a Masters in Bioinformatics, in preparation for her PhD.
“The year I got the support of the Layne Beachley Foundation was the year I took the first real steps to becoming a young scientist. They gave me the moral and financial support I needed to put myself out there. I also realised that I am not alone in this exciting journey”.
Hanadi has shifted from ‘survival mode’ and is now flourishing professionally and personally. She’s also committed to paying it forward by mentoring other young women from low socio-economic backgrounds and talking to high school students about what it looks like to pursue a science career.
“I love sharing what I do with students because they learn science from textbooks but when you engage them their reaction is, ‘that’s so cool’. Real science is much more than reading chunks of information”.
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