QAEHS in Focus: Pooja Lakhey

16 Jan 2024

QAEHS in Focus shines the spotlight on QAEHS staff and students to showcase the expertise and talent within our Centre.

Why did you choose QAEHS to study with?

QAEHS is one of the top research institutes in Australia with multiple collaborative projects. There is a perfect synergy between their cutting-edge pursuits and my research aspirations. I’ve been fortunate enough to be here as a QUEX scholar and I’m excited to hone my knowledge, expand my skill set, and actively contribute to advancements in environmental health.

What is your research about?

In short, my research is on studying and understanding antimicrobial resistance through wastewater surveillance. My main focus is on assessing the suitability of the wastewater-based epidemiology approach for antimicrobial monitoring with an emphasis on characterising and reducing uncertainties.

How do QAEHS academics assist with the development of your research?

People here at QAEHS, from PhD students to professors, are so helpful that I’ve felt right at home from the very first day. Everyone is always ready to lend a hand whenever and wherever possible, whether it is something related to my research or just life in general. 

What has been the best advice you have received about coping with the move to Brisbane?

The best advice so far in terms of moving to Brisbane has been to look for a room with AC if I want to survive the summer nights!

What is your favourite movie?

There are a few so I might not be able to narrow it down to just one. I like Arrival, it's based on one of Ted Chiang’s short stories. At one point (and it still is sometimes), My Girl was my favourite movie. Also, an honourable mention to the original Star Wars trilogy.

Random fact you would like to share about yourself.

My favourite band is McFly. They’re an English pop-rock band who took their name from the Back to the Future character Marty McFly.