Doctor of Philosophy candidate
Bachelor of Science (Honours)
Bachelor of Science in Food Science
Her passion is discovering new things and creating new products and services, says Hamideh Gholizadeh who is currently completing a PhD in science.
“I love science and stories about how ideas form, shape, develop and flourish. For my PhD research, I’m focusing on developing a nasal pack to more effectively treat nose bleeding and postoperative wound healing in intranasal operations.
“Current nasal packs don’t always achieve the desired outcomes in terms of efficacy of treatment and patient comfort. The overall objective of my project is to develop a drug-eluted benign, bioresorbable or biodegradable nasal pack from plant-based polysaccharides as a drug delivery system to enhance patient satisfaction.”
Hamideh’s research is supervised by Professor Owen Young and Dr Ali Seyfoddin from AUT’s School of Science. She has already had opportunities to share her work with other researchers at the Controlled Release Society workshop in Auckland and at the Australasian Pharmaceutical Science Association conference in Melbourne.
The right decision
Studying at AUT was the best decision she has made in terms of her education, Hamideh says.
“I initially started an English language course at AUT and fell deeply in love with this university. I wasn’t just a number in the classroom; my teachers knew my name after a week and they were more than willing to help. I then enrolled in a Bachelor of Science in Food Science, followed by an honours degree and a PhD.”
There have been many highlights throughout her time at AUT.
“From the beginning, I’ve been surrounded by kind, friendly and caring people. My teachers and professors were always available to help and I received unconditional support from outstanding staff in the Faculty of Health and Environmental Sciences whenever I needed.
“I also love all the events that are constantly going on around campus, and the endless amount of opportunities to get involved with students’ organisations to develop my social, teamwork and leadership skills.”
Supported to thrive
University study can have its challenges, Hamideh admits.
“Student life is full of various challenges; financially, emotionally and physically. Fortunately, there were lovely advisors and consultants at AUT I could talk to if I needed help. To overcome my financial struggles, AUT also offered scholarships and paid jobs to support my living costs.
“I’m proud to say that throughout my time at AUT I’ve received a number of scholarships and awards, including a Freemasons University Scholarship, a Dick and Mary Earle Scholarship in Product Development and Innovation, a Maurice and Phyllis Paykel Trust Scholarship in Health Science, an AUT Doctoral Fees Scholarship Award and a McCowley Enterprises Ltd Award. I’ve also worked as teaching and research assistant in the School of Science.”
Expecting to complete her doctoral degree later this year, Hamideh is planning to pursue a career in product development once she finishes her studies.
“I would like to develop my business in the area of new product development, followed by academic teaching and mentoring in the field of my study.”