Luke Major


I’m gay and I’m a research assistant in stem cell mechanobiology. //

I grew up in Perth, Australia, and completed a Bachelor of Science with First Class Honours in Physiology in 2016 at The University of Western Australia. Since 2017 I have been working as a research assistant in stem cell mechanobiology, where I primarily develop three-dimensional cell culture substrates to elucidate the mechanotransduction pathway in stem cells. I am incredibly proud to come from UWA—a pioneer in LGBTQ+ presence in universities in Australia. However, I still believe LGBTQ+ presence in STEM is lacking. For example, I am the only gay man I know of in my school! This year I began studies in a Master of Public Health to steer myself in a new direction with the eventual goal to complete a PhD in LGBTQ+ health; my way of giving back to the community I love. Outside of the lab you will usually find me running around the athletics track fulfilling my goal of one day running for Australia.