Dana worked with Matū from December 2019 through to the end of July 2020. Dana was an intern for Matū, responsible for helping with research for Matū’s market intelligence activities and due diligence operations. Dana is now working as a policy analyst at MBIE.
Dana has an undergraduate degree in Chemistry and Biology from the University of Auckland and is currently completing her PhD in Chemistry at the University of Auckland. Her thesis explores the electronic and surface properties of vanadium oxide materials, which are widely applied in catalysis for chemical synthesis, and have many potential applications in electronic devices. Over the past two years she has been based in the San Francisco Bay Area as a Doctoral Fellow at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, using their unique X-ray facilities for the majority of her experiments.
While at Berkeley she was involved with the Berkeley Science Review – a graduate student-run magazine that aims to highlight the groundbreaking research occurring at UC Berkeley – contributing as a copy-editor, writer and a member of the design team. Dana also has experience as a science teaching assistant at the University of Auckland, and as a laboratory assistant at Methanex methanol factory in New Plymouth.