My PhD work was on obtaining protein nanofibrils from sustainably sourced materials, (completed in 2016) from the University of Canterbury, NZ. After completing my PhD, I joined a research based spin-out company to continue exploring new ways to develop protein based materials and products for the medical and life science markets. This exposure to industrial research motivated me to develop the skills and mindset necessary to commercialise research. At present, I am working as a research fellow in the School of Biological Sciences at the University of Auckland, and doing Master’s in commercialisation and entrepreneurship to expand my skills. My research broadly focuses on the use of fundamental knowledge underlying protein structure and function, and the application of this to create new materials for biomedical engineering.