Janan Arslan

Ms Janan Arslan

Research Fellow and PhD student

Janan is a Research Fellow at Western Health. She is a multi-disciplinary scientist, specialising in artificial intelligence (AI), mathematics and statistics, and bioinformatics. She is in her final year of PhD candidature at the Centre for Eye Research Australia, which is part of the Department of Ophthalmology at the University of Melbourne. Her responsibilities in both her PhD and work at Western Health include (a) using AI to create completely automated software that replaces current semi-automated and human-run diagnostic processes, and (b) develop statistical models that predict disease progression over time. Janan is also the Chair of the Young Statisticians Network (a division of the Statistical Society of Australia) and the Chair of the Young Statisticians Conference Committee 2021.

Her scientific role models include Albert Einstein, Nikola Tesla, and Marie Curie. While her work is predominantly focused on real-world applications, her ultimate scientific goal is to develop fundamental theories that will change our view and understanding of the Universe.

Outside of her research, Janan dedicates a lot of time volunteering where possible (e.g., teaching programming to Grade 6 students). She is also studying French part-time. Janan spends every moment possible with the dynamic trio, made up of two cheeky nephews and one cheeky niece.

Her favourite quotes:

“If you can’t explain it simply, you don’t understand it well enough.” – Albert Einstein

“Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood. Now is the time to understand more, so that we may fear less.” – Marie Curie