Dr Kinnari Shelat received her PhD in Material Sciences from the Ian Wark Research Institute at the University of South Australia in 2008. Her area of expertise includes structure-property-performance characterisation of different materials (biopolymers, polymers) using mechanical, spectroscopic and microscopic techniques. Kinnari finished her postdoc at The University of Queensland working on the CSIRO Food Futures Flagship at the Centre for Nutrition and Food Sciences. She joined ANFF-Q in 2014 and provides technical support and training for the confocal microscope, several atomic force microscopes and Raman spectroscopy. She is an active member of Women in Technology and the Royal Australian Chemical Institute polymer division.