Samantha is a former arachnophobe turned venoms scientist and spider advocate. She is a final year PhD student with the The University of Queensland’s Institute for Molecular Bioscience and CSIRO. Her research harnesses the unique chemistries in spider venoms to develop medicines against bugs far worse than spiders —blood-sucking worms, and in this quest she is working around the world from the Amazon to the Antarctic. She is a passionate advocate for addressing inequality in STEM education and leadership through science communication and hopes sharing her passion for spiders will help inspire the next generation of Australian scientists.
Samantha Nixon appears with thanks to Academic Partner The University of Queensland.