Meet our academics, who are renowned researchers and experienced professionals; their work guides future professionals and shapes current healthcare policies and practices.
Professor Kylie Williams
Head of Discipline, Pharmacy
Professor Williams has more than 20 years of experience as a pharmacist and academic and extensive experience with curricula and program design, implementation and evaluation. At UTS, she has been instrumental in developing the curriculum for the pharmacy program, heralded as one of the most innovative of its kind in Australia.
“We looked at our desired graduate outcomes and worked back from there to develop the curriculum. The way we approached it was that if we can’t explain to the students why it’s relevant to practice, we’re not teaching it,” she says.
A/Prof Beata Bajorek
Beata is a registered clinical pharmacist, having practiced in community & hospital and is the inaugural Academic Pharmacist at Royal North Shore Hospital. Previously she has been a Research Fellow at the Clinical Practice Advancement Centre, University Health System Consortium (Chicago, USA), followed by 9 years in academia in the Faculties of Pharmacy and Nursing, University of Sydney (Australia).
A/Prof Mary Bebawy
Mary is Head of the Laboratory of Cancer Cell Biology and Therapeutics, Graduate School of Health UTS. She has an active research portfolio focusing on the molecular basis of cancer relapse. She is an internationally recognized cancer researcher and pharmaceutical scientist with a background in commercial R & D.
Dr Maria Sukkar
Maria's research expertise is focussed on understanding the cellular and molecular pathways that lead to chronic airway inflammation and airflow obstruction in asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Maria has principally been involved in developing, teaching and co-ordinating pharmacotherapeutics and professional practice courses for final year Pharmacy students in the Bachelor of Pharmacy at the University of Sydney. Maria continues to pursue her research interests in airways disease and currently has several PhD students under her supervision.
Dr Kamal Dua
Kamal's professional experience spans over 13 years in academia and research across 3 nations and 2 continents. His experience has allowed him to develop and implement both traditional and flexible student centred, innovative and engaging teaching modes that include e-learning and blended learning.
As Lecturer with the Graduate School of Health, Kamal coordinates the academic and research activities associated with Master of Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) course.
Dr Mehra Haghi
Mehra’s research is focused on formulation and delivery of respirable therapeutics with a view to creating new and more effective approaches to treat a range of respiratory diseases. Her research involves international collaborators, from academia and industry. In 2014 and 2015, Mehra was awarded the Alexander von Humboldt fellowship to pursue her research at the Department of Drug Delivery, Helmholtz-Institute for Pharmaceutical Research (HIPS) in Saarbrücken, Germany.
Mehra is involved in teaching and coordinating Pharmaceutics and molecule to market subjects. She believes in employing teaching approaches and practice-relevant techniques that encourage deep learning in students.
Dr Cherie Lucas
Cherie is a registered pharmacist and trained pharmacist immuniser. Cherie’s extensive experience in clinical pharmacy (Specialist Clinical Hospital Pharmacist-Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, Sydney; Community Pharmacy; Pharmaceutical Industry) and teaching undergraduate and Masters of pharmacy students led to her PhD research focusing on reflective practices in the areas of pharmacy practice and education. Cherie has pioneered the integration into an undergraduate curriculum, a novel reliable assessment strategy, namely, the RACA (Reflective Ability Clinical Assessment) to enhance students’ reflective thinking ability, counseling and decision-making skills.