Jessica Jones

Jessica Jones

Syllabus Manager and Presenter

Qualifications: Cert 3 Captive Animal Management, Bachelor of Early Childhood Education (MBECE)

Experience: 13 years Managing and operating Zoos SA outreach programs and onsite visitor engagement and learning programs. Senior Conservation Educator.

Sandrine Roy

Sandrine Roy

Presenter

Qualifications: Doctor of Philosophy in Cellular and Molecular Biology at the University of Queensland

Experience: 10 years managing a large microscopy facility at the Translational Research Institute in Queensland. This included training users and assisting on different light microscopy platforms, from basic to Multiphoton, Confocal and Super-Resolution. Giving presentations to a broad range of audiences from PhD to primary school students (SPARQ-Ed Program). Prior to that, 6 years as post-doctoral fellow working both at UQ and 2 years at Washington University, St Louis. USA. In the field of Molecular and Cellular Biology, with particular focus on the MAPK kinase pathway. 14 publications in high ranking scientific journals. Passionate about science, microscopy and sharing that enthusiasm with others.

Luke Basso

Luke Basso

Presenter

Qualifications: Forensic Science at Western Sydney University

Experience: Luke joined the NewSpec team in 2018 after completing his undergraduate degree in Forensic Science at Western Sydney University. During his degree he conducted a research project on gunshot residue. Luke’s research required him to conduct beta-testing on desktop Scanning Electron microscopes, determine optimal search parameters and conduct various scientific tests to identify these particles.

Luke has gained approx. 2 years’ experience at the Advanced Materials Characterisation Facility (AMCF) located at Western Sydney’s University. Here he gained exposure and skills in a range of scientific instruments as well as sample preparation of various materials.

AMCF are also very well known for their Outreach programs, and Luke spent quite some time working with students and various school groups showing off the various aspects of microscopy…..a great lead up to assisting with our program in Sydney  and installing the microscope at sites in NSW

Karloskar Hall

Karloskar Hall

Presenter

Qualifications: Bachelor of Engineering (Civil and Environmental)

Experience: Karloskar has a background in Engineering and IT, and has been with NewSpec for 2 years. He has a passion for inspiring kids to get involved with technology and science.

Midori Jones

Midori Jones

Presenter

Qualifications: Bachelor of Agricultural Science (Honours in Horticulture) Development of leaf waxes on eucalyptus species using SEM at University of Adelaide.

Experience: 7 years at Plant & Food Research Microscopy Unit , New Zealand, light microscopy and SEM main area of research was floral and fruit development of kiwifruit species as well as pest and disease work. 3 years at Botanic Gardens of Adelaide as a part of the Millennium Seed bank Project, Kew Botanic Gardens/Wakehurst Place travelled South Australia collecting native plant seeds with focus on rare and threatened species with associated studies on seed biology main use of dissection microscopes. CRC for Weeds worked on biological control of blackberries for 3 years and prior to that SARDI Horticulture Pathology Unit 3 years both roles involved light/dissection microscopy fungal samples.