2016-2017 Committee

The MESA committee for 2016-2017 has the following members:

Kyle Webster, President (University of Auckland)

I am part of Juliet Gerrards group at the University of Auckland. My research interests include the utilisation of biological self-assembly to design and build triggered nanostructures. I am very interested in commercialisation and science-based startups. I am also passionate about outreach and working towards a greater participation in the development of science and technology within New Zealand society. I also like triathlons and sailing. For more details see my linkedin page: www.linkedin.com/in/kyle-webster-a4856229 


Kathryn Scroeder, Secretary (Victoria University of Wellington)

I am a PhD student with Thomas Nann, working with nanomaterials (specifically graphene quantum dots and gold clusters) towards targeted imaging and treatment for cancer. As a new student from Australia (Adelaide), being part of the MESA committee is a great way to get connected with scientists, and to get an understanding of what is happening around New Zealand in science. I am looking forward to being part of MESA activities to connect young scientists within the MacDiarmid Institute and to develop their skills.


Renee Goreham, Treasurer (Victoria University of Wellington)

Renee Goreham is a senior postdoctoral fellow in the Thomas Nann group within the MacDiarmid Institute. Originally from Australia, she completed her PhD at the University of South Australia in 2013 and has been with Nann group since the end of 2014. Renee’s research niche combines nano- and bio materials, in particular biosensing extracellular vesicles for disease diagnosis or using extracellular vesicles as bio-camouflaged drug vehicles. Her hobbies include any beach activity (i.e surfing) and science communication.


Francesca Conroy (University of Auckland)

I am a PhD student with Juliet Gerrard at the School of Biological Sciences at the University of Auckland, working on engineering proteins to produce nanostructures and nanotechnologies. I manipulate proteins through mutational studies, aiming to better control the structure and self-assembly of these proteins, and increase the functional ability. I’ve been a part of the Gerrard group for a year, with past research in molecular microbiology.

Margaux Airey (University of Auckland)

I am currently a BSc(Hons) student in the Department of Chemical Sciences at the University of Auckland where I previously completed a BA/BSc majoring in Chemistry, Classics, and French. My research project involves the synthesis and spectroscopic characterisation of a novel molecular wire, incorporating a boron porphyrin. This involves both wet-lab based synthesis and spectroscopy ranging from UV-Vis and fluorescence to ultrafast spectroscopy (transient absorption spectroscopy). I am co-supervised by Dr Penny Brothers and Dr Cather Simpson, and have been a member of the Photon Factory for two years. In between lab dates, I love playing the piano, writing, and practising my tennis, as well as keeping up my French fluency!


Farzana Masouleh (Victoria University of Wellington)

Farzana Masouleh earned a B.Sc. (Hons) in Physics from Tabriz University, Iran, and a M.Sc. in Photonics from the University of Guilan, Iran. She recently started the third year of her PhD degree in Electronics Engineering at Victoria University of Wellington, where her research focuses on Plasmonics and Materials Science. Farzana’s hobbies include fishing, photography, calligraphy, and programming.



If you are a MESA member interested in joining the committee please let us know at: mesa@mesa.ac.nz