Dr Maja Divjak is a Biomedical Animator who recently took up the inaugural role of Biomedical Animator at the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, where she is creating animations about cellular and molecular mechanisms leading to cancer. Prior to this, she was resident Science Animator at the Gene Technology Access Centre. She was also privileged to undertake a fellowship with world-renowned Biomedical Animator Dr Drew Berry, at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research. The fellowship was part of the VizbiPlus project, which aimed to train three new animators to communicate cutting edge research at their host institutions, using visually stunning and engaging 3D animation.
Her creations have twice been exhibited at the Vivid Festival of Light, Music and Ideas and have won awards, including the Warren Sturgis Motion Media Award at BioImages 2017 and several Awards of Excellence at the Doctors Without Borders Film Festival, 2017. The first official flagship animation for Peter Mac ‘What Goes Wrong in Cancer’ is an ambitious project designed to showcase the invisible molecular world within our cells and how this finely tuned world can occasionally be disrupted, leading to cancer. This animation was awarded a Platinum Remi award at the Worldfest Houston International Film Festival, the Medical Education Award- Motion Media at BioImages 2020, Finalist at the Raw Science Film Festival and Official Selection at the Melbourne Documentary Film Festival and the Doctors Without Borders Film Festival.