Terrigal Rotary sponsored Beth to a Science Summer School when she was a student, and now she is graduating with a PHD.  
 
Elizabeth (Beth) studied a Bachelor of Advanced Science at the University of New South Wales, majoring in Molecular Biology and Genetics.  She joined the Crossley lab in 2014 on a research internship, and commenced Honours with the Crossley Lab in 2015.  Currently undertaking her PhD, Beth’s research aims to investigate the molecular mechanisms behind haematopoiesis and globin switching. 
 
 
 
This email was sent from Beth:
 
 
Dear Greg,
 
Thank you for the shout out in your email. Please also thank Peter Halliday for the kind words and support.
 
I have very fond memories of the Youth Science Forum. I attended in my senior years at high school – and quite honestly, after that brief glimpse of what science is like - I never looked back.
 
I’m currently in my 3rd and final year of my PhD. My PhD thesis will involve the study blood disorders such as sickle cell disease, and the genetic variants that are known as disease modifiers. My Honours thesis was based in obesity research – attempting to find an answer to the question of how we burn fat – and how we can we burn more. It’s been incredibly rewarding and eye opening experience, and (hopefully ongoing) a very satisfying career.
 
I have always been incredibly thankful to the Rotary for their help in allowing me to attend the Youth Science Forum. Although I live in Sydney, I am home often to visit family. I’ve attempted to keep giving back to the Central Coast community through outreach – speaking at my old high school, St Joseph’s for science week and the like. If there is anything I can do to support the Rotary, please let me know.
 
Best regards,
 
Elizabeth Stout