Dr. Fran Maher – Education Officer
Phone: +61 (3) 9340 3605
Biology has always been a major fascination, so no surprises that my work and study life has revolved around biosciences. This has included being a laboratory technician, completing a B.Sc. (Hons) at Australian National University, a PhD at University of Melbourne and post-doctoral work in the USA and Melbourne. Several areas have been explored, including how hormones control milk production in wallabies, hormones and glycogen metabolism in amphibians, how glucose gets into muscle and brain cells, and whether amyloid peptides damage neurons. This all used a range of lab techniques, such as tissue culture, fluorescence microscopy, analysing proteins, DNA and RNA.
Bioscience education is now the focus, after completing a Grad. Dip. Education (University of Melbourne) and Cert. IV Training & Assessment (Swinburne University). Since 2000 I have taught VCE Biology and science in secondary and adult education, and laboratory skills such as Tissue Culture, Microbiology and Molecular Biology in TAFE Laboratory Technology Diploma courses. Since joining GTAC in 2011 these experiences all contribute to developing programs that spark an interest in the intriguing and complex world of biology.