Samantha Nixon  

Samantha is a former arachnophobic turned venoms scientist and spider advocate. She is a final year PhD student at the Institute for Molecular Bioscience, The University of Queensland and CSIRO. Her research harnesses the unique chemistries in spider venoms to develop medicines against bugs far worse than spiders—blood-sucking worms. Samantha is an avid explorer, working around the world from the Amazon to the Antarctic. She is a passionate advocate for addressing inequality in STEM, education and leadership through science communication. She works across TV, radio, digital, print and social media to focus on outreach to children and working directly with communities affected by parasites. She hopes that sharing her passion for spiders will help inspire the next-generation of Australian scientists and show people that spiders are really the creepy crawlies who help us.

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