EP. 110: ADHD, Science, and Creativity with Infectious Disease and Genetics Expert, Dr. Amy Cain


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In this episode of ADHD for Smart Ass Women, Tracy introduces you to Dr. Amy Cain. Dr. Cain is a Molecular Biologist who uses genomics to study deadly, antibiotic resistant bacteria. She completed both her undergraduate degree in Biochemistry (graduating with first class honours) and then her PhD in Microbiology at the University of Sydney, Australia. After PhD submission, she moved to Cambridge, UK, for a postdoctoral research fellowship at the Wellcome Sanger Institute (where they first sequenced the human genome!) and was awarded a prestigious fellowship at the University of Cambridge. Dr. Cain then moved to Malawi in sub-Saharan Africa to track outbreaks in hospitals, employed by the Wellcome Trust charity.

Since 2018, Dr. Cain has been a Senior Lecturer/Assistant Professor at Macquarie Macquary University, Sydney, having received a number of grants to develop new antibiotics and study antibiotic resistance; setting up her research group across 3 different labs. Dr. Amy Cain is also Deputy Director of the JAMS organisation, a microbiology society that runs over 5 countries and she has just started a podcast called JAMSpod to spread microbiology knowledge far and wide. She loves travelling (having visited 70-odd countries so far), scuba diving, live music and cooking.

Amy shares:

  • The circumstances surrounding her diagnosis
  • The ADHD symptoms that she always wondered about but now recognizes as clearly ADHD.
  • Why she became an infectious disease and genetics expert
  • What has changed since her diagnosis
  • Why she loves science so much
  • Why she started a podcast interviewing microbiologists
  • Her advice to young women with ADHD
  • Her ADHD workarounds
  • What she believes the key is to living successfully with ADHD


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