Staff profile: Dr Stephen Scally

Staff profile: Dr Stephen Scally

Illuminate newsletter index page, December 2019
December 2019

Dr Stephen Scally
Dr Stephen Scally is a structural biologist.

Dr Stephen Scally

Senior postdoctoral fellow

Describe your job... I study how the malaria parasite invades red blood cells. Understanding how this occurs will help inform vaccine design.

Why do you enjoy what you do? As a structural biologist I still get excited seeing crystals diffract at the Australian Synchrotron, which we’re lucky to have in our ‘backyard’ here in Melbourne.

What is your favourite thing about the Institute’s culture? The collaborative nature and opportunity to work with some really talented scientists.

What is one thing people would be surprised to know about you? I’ve hit a hole-in-one. This is surprising to those who’ve seen me play golf!

What advice would you give to a younger version of yourself? Don’t sweat the small stuff.

Which movie star would play you in a movie adaptation of your life? Maybe Richard Madden because we can both grow ginger beards…

What has been your 2019 professional highlight? I was fortunate to be awarded the Lap-Chee Tsui Fellowship while working at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, Canada. This was a highlight because I had the opportunity to meet Professor Tsui, who, among other things, discovered the cystic fibrosis gene.



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