Joshua Chu-Tan

Lecturer and Postdoctoral Fellow
ANU Medical School / The John Curtin School of Medical Research

About Joshua

I’m a postdoctoral fellow at the John Curtin School of Medical Research and an associate lecturer at the ANU Medical School. I arrived at the ANU from New Zealand at the young age of 17 having never been to Australia before! It’s part of my personality to always be looking for that next challenge, the next thing that will stimulate my curiosity which is why the world of medical research ended up attracting me. I completed my honours in 2014 and my PhD in 2019 at the JCSMR.

Science communication has also been a large part of my studies and I truly enjoy the challenge of finding ways to bridge the gap of knowledge between those in the sciences and the general public.

In addition to my work, I am an avid sports fanatic and love keeping up with my fitness and watching all sports (particularly soccer and baseball).

Area of study

Bachelor of Medical Science with Honours, 2014

PhD in Medical Science, 2019

Epic fail

Had to be spilling water all over my pants 2 minutes before a massive presentation!

Proudest moment

The proudest moment of my career so far has been giving a TEDx talk in 2019 on my work. Never did I think I would have the opportunity to give a talk in a platform such as TEDx so early on in my career.

Top tip

I know it sounds cheesy but follow your passion. While having people giving you advice is great, ultimately it is about you. It’s about what you want to do. Ask yourself this: will I be happy doing this for the rest of my life? If the answer is yes, don’t hesitate any further.