I have always been passionate about making a difference in the lives of people living with chronic disease, and I feel the best way of doing so is through research. Over the past 5 years, I have pursued a career in scientific research, developing my knowledge and skills as a scientist and researcher.
Growing up in regional Victoria, the opportunities to explore science is limited. The first science program I was involved in was the Rotary’s National Youth Science Forum. In my last year of high school, I was accepted to take part in the National Youth Science Forum, participating in the Brisbane session at the University of Queensland. I was then chosen to be apart of a small group of 9 participants to attend the international session at the University of Singapore. These experiences encouraged me to pursue a career in science.
In 2021, I completed my bachelor’s degree in Biomedicine and decided to continue my studies, focusing on kidney diseases. My honours project is focused on polycystic kidney disease (PKD) and is trying to understand how the immune system influences disease progression. Through my research I hope to find a therapeutic solution which could potentially improve the quality of life of patients with PKD.