Careers in science and research
Premiered 19th August 2020
Imagine if it was your job to help find a vaccine for COVID-19? That’s what Professor Vasso Apostolopoulos is doing at Victoria University.
Join Vasso as she discusses her career journey and how she is leading a team of researchers at Victoria University working on a COVID-19 vaccine. Find out what advice she has for students today and help them prepare for career challenges and opportunities that a STEM education can provide.
Professor Vasso Apostolopoulos received her PhD in 1995 from the University of Melbourne and also holds an Advanced Certificate in Protein Crystallography from the University of London. Her expertise is in the areas of immunology, crystallography, cellular biology, translational research and development of drugs and vaccines.
Vasso has led a number of research programs at the Austin Research Institute, the Burnet Institute, Centre for Chronic Disease at Victoria University (VU) and the Institute for Health and Sport at VU. Vasso has received over 100 awards, published more than 370 research papers and books, is an inventor on 18 patents and her current interests are treating chronic diseases with an immunological focus. In addition to this, her lab is working on developing drugs and vaccines against SARS-CoV-2 virus which causes coronavirus disease (COVID-19).