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Q and A with A/Prof Liz Williams

Wednesday 26 May 2021

Behind the microscope: Associate Professor Liz Williams

Research Project: Queensland Bladder Cancer Initiative (QBCI)

Collaborative team: A/Prof I Vela, Dr P Thomas, A Tariq, M Trau, K O'Byrne, P Morrison, S Khan

Where are you from? Where did you grow up?

Melbourne & Melbourne. Following completion of my PhD I did a short stint in the USA. Then back to Melbourne. Been in Brisbane for about 7 years now.

Do you work in a clinical or research setting? And what made you want to get into the work you do?

I work at the translational research interface – working with people diagnosed with prostate or bladder cancer and analysing biospecimens they donate. I am focused on things that could impact patient care and clinical outcomes. I have been fortunate to always have my research lab on hospital sites (St Vincent's Hospital and Monash Medical Centre in Melbourne, and here at the PAH), which keeps everything real and the motivation high.

Outside of work what do you like to do? Any hobbies, sports or special interests you're involved in?

Sailing – competing in regattas has taken me all around Australia and the world!

If you had to recommend one book to read what would it be?

Oh, the Places You'll Go! By Dr. Seuss

Who is your favourite musician/or band?

It's hard to choose just one – so I won't! Paul Kelly and Vika & Linda Bull

If you could invite three people to a dinner party, anyone in the world, who would they be and why?

Vivien Bonazzi – we wrote up our PhD theses together in the same small room at University of Melbourne, on a diet of banana choc chip muffins. She has been in the USA since completing her PhD and we look for every opportunity to get together.

Ben Lexcen (deceased)– a sailor through and through. Designer of Australia II, the boat that won the America's Cup in 1983 (the first non-American yacht to win the Cup in 132 years)

James Morrison – jazz musician. He and Vivien might jam together, and let me join in!