Our Stories

Our Stories

Our Stories is a project for the University of Adelaide’s 150th year, capturing the stories of our community – past and present – and celebrating the achievements and memories of people from all over the world who are connected to the University.

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Dr Gavin Quek

In 2017, I left Malaysia to pursue a degree in Dentistry at the University of Adelaide, driven by a curiosity that had once frightened me.

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Dr Sarah Cannard

It was an easy decision to study at the University of Adelaide because Sir Andy Thomas, Australia’s first member of NASA’s elite astronaut corps, went there. I was following in the footsteps of one of my heroes.

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I’ve been passionate about finding cost-effective strategies to cure illness ever since I joined med school in 2002. This motto strengthened in 2018 when I myself was admitted to ICU, and I subsequently embarked on a PhD.

My PhD journey was riddled with challenges including 28 failed IVF embryo transfers, 2 near life-threatening surgeries and ICU stays. My final embryo transfer just before I submitted my thesis and the birth of my miracle daughter made every struggle worth it.

The exceptional supervisory panel and post graduate coordinator, UofA support in the form of travel grants, and recognition of my work with AMS publication award and conference presentations, all made the journey unforgettable and joyous. The camaraderie I shared with my fellow PhD students as we enjoyed coffee on Barr Smith lawns or while analysing data on weekends at AHMS, was incredible.

Dr Murthy now lives in India so her daughter can grow up with her extended family. She continues to pursue nutrition research and customise meal plans in ICU.

Dr Tejaswini Arunachala Murthy

Dr Tejaswini Arunachala Murthy

PhD (Med) 2022.

I am from the United States, where it's common to study abroad in an international country for a semester. My older sister, Katie, studied topics related to veterinary work at the University of Adelaide for a semester in 2014. She fell in love with the Roseworthy and city campuses as well as the city of Adelaide itself.

When I graduated from University in the States in 2019, I decided to go backpacking in Australia, and my sister urged me to visit Adelaide. She said that, while it's not as well known to Americans as Sydney of Melbourne, it's her favourite city she visited.

I came here for what I thought was a stop on my backpacking trip... and I have now lived here for four years, recently receiving my Permanent Residency.

Charlotte now works in the Research and Innovation team at the University of Adelaide, in this beautiful city that her sister fell in love with and encouraged her to visit all those years ago. Charlotte’s sister Katie works as a veterinarian in the United States.

Charlotte Pruett

Charlotte Pruett

Current staff member - Marketing Officer, Research and Innovation.

Having no interest in farm animals, I joined pig club at Roseworthy college because my friend said we should make some friends. I had no idea how incredibly smart and funny these animals were. My pig, called Laquisha, had so much personality and learnt how to sit, stay and follow my hand. When I saw the way pigs are reared in commercial conditions something changed for me. I knew that my place in this world was to improve the lives of pigs on farm in whatever way I can.

In my third year of Animal Science I paid to attend a conference so I could learn more. I was fortunate to meet an amazing speaker, Dr Kate Plush, who was also passionate about pig welfare and had an upcoming honours project at the University of Adelaide. I went on to complete an honours and PhD in the welfare of sows during birth of piglets, working with both the University of Adelaide and as a guest student with the Pharmaceutical Innovation and Development Group at UniSA on a non-injectable inducing agent to trigger birth during the working day so sow and piglets could be cared for appropriately.

As part of the Australasian Pig Research Institute Ltd (APRIL) team, Dr Ward is part of an industry-wide CRC-P project looking at why pigs may bite each other’s tails and how we can mitigate risk of an outbreak.

Dr Sophie Ward

Dr Sophie Ward

B Sc 2017, B Sc (Hons) 2017, Ph D (Vet Sc) 2022.

Leaving for Adelaide to continue my studies was my first experience traveling abroad. What makes it even more special is that I studied for my master's degree at the University of Adelaide, one of the best universities in Australia. It is a very proud experience to be part of this University. Filled with many historical buildings along North Terrace, I felt like I was traveling through time to gain as much knowledge as possible in the time I had on this campus.

One place I enjoy the most is the Barr Smith Library, where I spend a lot of time reading various books from various disciplines and also where I study to prepare for exams. What a short life experience (only 1.5 years) but it will continue to colour my life. Hopefully, later in my lifetime, I will still have the opportunity to come and visit Adelaide and of course the University of Adelaide.

Eddy now works as a policy analyst at the Fiscal Policy Agency, Ministry of Finance, Indonesia, where he is responsible for assessing fiscal policies related to state revenue, especially export duties.

Eddy Sitepu

Eddy Sitepu

M Comm (Acc) 2009.

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Our 160,000+ alumni are found right across the globe and in all walks of life. Whether you’re a member of staff, student, alumni, researcher or partner, we want to hear how your connection with the University (past or present) has made a difference!

In 200 words or fewer, share your memories of the University of Adelaide and what impact your time here had on your history. An image or a short video or audio message may also be uploaded. Shared stories may be published digitally and/or in print.

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