Susi Seibt is a Research Scientist in Vascular Biophysics at CSL, dog mum and Youtube ‘edutainer’ – like in entertaining and educating.
Originally from Germany, Susi obtained a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry and Master of Science in Polymer Science from the University of Bayreuth before pioneering a Joint PhD in Nanoscience / Physical Chemistry with the University of Melbourne and, consequently, moving to Melbourne permanently in 2018.
To investigate nanotechnology and biological systems under real-life conditions, Susi’s research uses a tool called microfluidics, which squeezes flasks and tubes from a chemistry lab into tiny devices, filled with networks of channels, valves, mixers, and reaction chambers. These are also called “lab-on-a-chip” (or sometimes “organ-on-a-chip”) devices and are revolutionising medical diagnostics as well as chemical and biological analysis.
During her PhD, Postdoc and beamline scientist position at the Australian Synchrotron, Susi used these devices in conjunction with X-ray scattering measurements to study the fast nature of chemical reactions. Nowadays, she uses microfluidics to bring science to ‘the real world’, developing in vitro and ex vivo experimental setups.
Susi has always been a passionate science communicator, leading her to start her own Science Youtube channel “Shelium” to ‘edutain’ the public. Other than science, she has a passion for running and martial arts (Muay Thai) and loves to curl up with a good book.