Michelle is a Senior Lecturer in Engineering at the University of Auckland and the Director of Nanogirl Labs. Michelle obtained her PhD from Rutgers University in the US and a MEng in Biomedical Materials Engineering from Manchester University in the UK. Her main research focus is in measuring the nanomechanical behaviour of biological materials. She is a strong advocate for open, transparent science and has won several prestigious awards, including the Women of Influence award for science and innovation in 2016 and the Prime Minister’s Science Media Communication Prize in 2014. More about Michelle.