60 seconds with... Amit Arora
Amit is a National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Research Fellow in Public Health assessing the relationship between oral health and obesity in disadvantaged Australian children. He also teaches across 10 allied health disciplines within the Interprofessional Health Science team in the School of Science and Health and is supervising Higher Degree Research students.
How long have you worked at Western and what's the best thing about working here?
I have worked at the University since February 2015 (just over 12 months). I love working at Western Sydney University as we have a fabulous team of academic and professional staff. It also aligns with my research passion to work in partnership with the culturally diverse residents of Greater Western Sydney.
Which campus are you based on?
What is your favourite place on one of the Western campuses?
Oliver Brown at Parramatta South campus. I love having a cup of coffee, although I need to watch the cookies!
When you're not at work, what will we find you doing?
Probably in the Inner West cafés or at Star City eating dumplings and sweet potato chips (they are divine!).
As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
A chef – I would always watch my mum cooking. I love to cook and bake!
What was your first job?
I was a dental assistant. I worked casually at my family dentist while studying dentistry.
What has been your greatest success?
I would say winning an NHMRC project grant while I was student, and receiving an Early Career Fellowship after I completed my PhD. I still remember those moments as our team celebrated the success.
If you could go to just one country in the world for a vacation, which country would it be and why?
I love to travel. Without doubt it has to be Cape Town, South Africa. The natural beauty in Cape Town is breathtaking.
What is your favourite album?
Any album from Adele or Sam Smith! I love listening to the tones in their voices. I can't wait to see them live!
If you could invite anyone to dinner who would it be and why?
Hmm… This has to be my mum. She is entertaining, hilarious and caring. I need to take her out for a dinner to thank her for everything she has done for her children.