Unique Scientist: Jerusha Mather

Time to meet Jerusha Mather! Jerusha is originally from Sri Lanka and currently a PhD student in the field of neuroscience in Melbourne, Australia!

What kind of scientist are you?
I am a neuroscientist from Melbourne, Australia. I am investigating strength training and anodal transcranial direct current stimulation in adults with spastic hemiplegic cerebral palsy.

What made you want to become a scientist?
I want to make a tangible difference in someone’s life. I want to use my creativity and knowledge to improve the quality of life of adults with cerebral palsy.

“I want to use my creativity and knowledge to improve the quality of life of adults with cerebral palsy.”

Jerusha Mather

What makes you a #UniqueScientist?
I have cerebral palsy – athetoid and the doctors in my birthplace (Sri – Lanka) said I would never walk or talk. I came to Australia when I was just two years old. Through my faith and intensive therapy, I am able to walk and talk now. I have achieved so much in my life, thus far and am continuing to reach for the stars.

What’s something cool you do outside of work?
I love singing and have a strong passion for anything musical. I also love writing poetry which shows off the very deep side to me. 😛

If you had one wish and could change anything in science, what would it be?
Umm good question, maybe the view of disability in science, disability is not a defect or weakness. Our differences are our strengths. And as scientists, we play a very important role in correcting this and seeing the possibilities that exist within a person.

“Our differences are our strengths.”

Jerusha Mather

Who has inspired you the most in your journey to where you are now?
I think one of my biggest inspirations is Dr Janice Brunstrom – she also has cerebral palsy and became a pediatric neurologist.

Let’s end on a high note! What’s something you’ve done this week that you’re proud of?
I finished some work for my ethics application.

#WomenInSTEM, #BrownInSTEM, #DisabledInSTEM

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