31 May 2010
Nedaossadat Mirzadeh is combining modelling with science.
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Iranian-born Nedaossadat Mirzadeh (Neda) is a woman of many talents - fashion designer, model, published poet and Postdoctoral Research Fellow at RMIT University.
Dr Mirzadeh, whose latest research paper was featured as a 'hot paper' in the prestigious peer reviewed international journal of Royal Society of Chemistry, London, said she enjoyed both her rigorous scientific work and glamorous modelling life.
"It is an unusual combination but I try to bring the same work ethic to both fields - I would love to be one of the few people in the world to excel both in science and in modelling," she said.
Dr Mirzadeh explores the chemistry of gold at molecular level under the supervision of RMIT’s Professor Suresh Bhargava, Associate Pro Vice-Chancellor, International, in the School of Applied Sciences.
"The science of gold is reaching an exciting period of its history, resulting in many application possibilities in modern life," she said.
"These applications are diverse and include medical, dental, electronics, pollution control, catalysts, nanotechnology."
According to Dr Mirzadeh, Professor Bhargava was the reason she selected RMIT.
"I contacted Professor Bhargava expressing my interest to join his group," she said.
"I moved to Melbourne to join his internationally-recognised research group and to start my PhD not long after winning two awards, an RMIT University International Research Scholarship and an International Postgraduate Research Scholarship funded by the Australian Government.
"Professor Bhargava has a unique ability to motivate and get the best out of his researchers - I am proud to be one of his students."
Back in Iran, Dr Mirzadeh’s family considers her a role model and sees Australia as a beautiful country which can offer a good life to anyone.
And how did the modelling come about?
"It all started from an RMIT marketing photo-shoot," Dr Mirzadeh said.
"I love modelling because it nourishes a part of my existence. It is full of creativity and art, two wings that I love to fly with. It is not just about a beautiful look or body.
"It is a platform where one can express a message to the world and I do care about that message."