Ms Alesia Ogrodnik
(Bachelor of Biotechnology, Technical Officer, Medical Oncology )

DepartmentMedical Oncology
Research AreasTherapy and Treatment
Research TopicsBreast Cancer, Prostate Cancer, Melanoma / Skin Cancer, Head and Neck Cancer
Research TypesLaboratory Research

Ms Alesia Ogrodnik has been conducting cancer research under the supervision of Dr Jennette Sakoff in the Medical Oncology Department at Calvary Mater Newcastle since 2010. Her main role is to provide technical support for the screening of experimental anti-cancer drugs. Presently Alesia is completing her studies in a Bachelor of Biotechnology.

Getting to know you

When did you start doing research?

I started doing research in 2010 as a Technical Officer.

What research projects are you currently working on?

Presently working on a number of projects involving drug screening.

What research achievement are you most proud of?

Being provided the opportunity to be a part of great research team.

What inspires you?

The ongoing developments in therapeutic treatments and the technological advances made by our scientific and clinical communities to help the management of illness and ultimately contributing to improved quality of life.

What did you do before coming to work at Calvary Mater Newcastle?

I studied a Diploma of Laboratory Technology, Pathology, and have worked in a few different laboratories over the years.

What did you do before you became a researcher?

My last job was as a Post-Mortem Technician in the Sydney Area Health District.

What made you decide to do research?

There is no real defining moment. I have always been fascinated with biology, particularly in the area of human biology and pathology, since I was very young. My love for the sciences has since been nurtured through school and tertiary education.

What do you do to relax?

I generally relax by going to art exhibitions, the theatre and music concerts.


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