I grew up in country New South Wales, and completed my undergraduate science degree and PhD at the University of Sydney. I took up a postdoctoral position at the University of Pittsburgh in 1999, during which I was awarded a Hubble Fellowship by the Space Telescope Science Institute. After spending six years living in Pittsburgh, I returned to the University of Sydney in 2005 to take up an ARC Queen Elizabeth II Fellowship in the School of Physics. In 2008 I moved to the Anglo-Australian Observatory (now the Australian Astronomical Observatory) as the Head of AAT Science. In addition to my research, I have a passion for communicating science to school students and the general public. In 2006 I was awarded a Young Tall Poppy of the Year award by the Australian Institute of Policy and Science, giving me the opportunity to present my research to secondary schools around the state. I am also an active participant of several other science outreach programs, including Scientists in Schools and MyScience, all aimed at increasing awareness of and interest in science in primary and secondary students.
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