Chris Scarlett

Favourite Thing: I like to get my hands dirty and do experiments! This is the best way to learn…. Oh, playing with fluorescent green mice is pretty cool too!



Lisarow High School (1989-1994)


BSc (Hons), University of Newcastle (1996-2000); PhD, University of Sydney (2003-2006)

Work History:

Prince of Wales Medical Research Institute (Research Assistant 2000-2001); Royal North Shore Hospital (Research Assistant 2001-2006); Garvan Institute of Medical Research (Postdoctoral Fellow 2007-2010 and Senior Research Officer 2011-2012)


University of Newcastle

Current Job:

Senior Lecturer, School of Environmental & Life Sciences

Me and my work

I lecture biochemistry, microbiology and research methods to 2nd and 3rd year university students, and I conduct research into novel therapeutic agents against pancreatic cancer.

My Typical Day

My typical day starts with a run at the beach (what a way to start the day!), breakfast with my 2 awesome kids then off to work. At work I liaise with students, develop course material, and design and conduct research projects tackling the devastating disease that is pancreatic cancer.

What I'd do with the money

Set up an initiative to engage local High School students with the Science Faculty at my University to encourage more students into Science…

My Interview

How would you describe yourself in 3 words?

Motivated, driven, busy!!

Who is your favourite singer or band?

What is the most fun thing you've done?

Trekked in the Himalayas to Everest Base Camp, sky dived, bungee jumped,….

If you had 3 wishes for yourself what would they be? - be honest!

To be happy, healthy and successful.

What did you want to be after you left school?

Pilot, hmm don’t know what happened there…

Were you ever in trouble in at school?

What's the best thing you've done as a scientist?

Made some important findings that have positively changed peoples lives.

Tell us a joke.

A horse walks into a bar. The bartender says “Why the long face?”….

Sports followed

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