The Melbourne University Women's Football Club is thrilled to announce Dr Sarah Maskell as the Patron of the club in our 25th year of operation.
Dr Sarah Maskell holds a BSc (Hons) in Microbiology and a PhD in Genetics from the University of Liverpool, UK. She did post-doctoral research at the Universities of Liverpool and Oxford, the latter at the Weatherall Institute of Molecular Medicine. Sarah moved to Queen Mary, University of London to take up a lectureship in Genetics which she held for seven years, before moving to work at the University of Cambridge for a newly founded biotech company, Arrow Therapeutics Ltd, on antimicrobial and vaccine discovery. After five years, she moved to grant-funded research in the Department of Veterinary Medicine at Cambridge, working on pathogenic bacteria such as Staphylococcus, Streptococcus and Salmonella.
Sarah has had experience in the voluntary sector: she was the chair of a committee that ran an after-school club at her children’s primary school and was one of a team of three parents which organised peripatetic music lessons for primary school children.
At the end of 2015, Sarah stopped work as a research scientist and took up voluntary work for the University of Cambridge Newcomers and Visiting Scholars group, which runs a programme of events to welcome and support academics, postdocs, postgraduate students and their families to Cambridge. She moved to Melbourne with her husband, Professor Duncan Maskell, in September 2018, when he was appointed Vice-Chancellor of the University of Melbourne.
We are delighted to have Sarah in the role of Patron and look forward to working with her to continue to Lead The Way as a proud women's football club and community organisation.