PhD candidate, University of Wollongong
New South Wales, Australia
Rachelle Balez is a 3rd year PhD student at the Illawarra Health and Medical Research Institute, whose work focusses on understanding the molecular mechanisms underlying Alzheimer’s disease by generating neurons from patient derived induced pluripotent stem cells. Rachelle is passionate about STEM education and has travelled to rural and regional high schools across NSW, Australia, as part of the UOW STEM Road Show. Rachelle is also secretary for the Australasian Neuroscience Society Student Body Committee, where she is working to help support the needs of neuroscience students across Australia. As well as her love for science, Rachelle is a practicing artist with a Bachelors degree in Creative Arts, is an avid traveller and really enjoys eating.