Rhiannon Morris, mentee in the MedTech-Pharma program VIC The (University of Melbourne)

Rhiannon Morris received her Bachelor of Science degree in 2015 from Murdoch University, Perth, prior to relocating to Melbourne where she undertook her honours year in the laboratory of Douglas Hilton at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research via The University of Melbourne in 2016. Upon completing her honours degree with a H1/first class outcome, Rhiannon was awarded a PhD scholarship through the University of Melbourne and offered a position to undertake her PhD at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute.

Rhiannon is currently a final stage PhD candidate in the Structural Biology division at the WEHI where her research focuses on understanding how the proteins of the JAK-STAT signalling pathway interact with one another and how when this interaction is altered, blood cancers often occur. She is part of the Medical Biology PhD Program (WEHI) and Comprehensive Cancer PhD Program (Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre, VCCC) and is interested in learning more about the world of clinical trials.

Rhiannon is also passionate about communicating science and trying to increase the public’s trust in scientists. She currently has an audience of over 20,000 people and hopes to use her platform to further educate people on basic science concepts and how conduct medical research. Rhiannon is also the social media manager for a not-for-profit organisation, Titjimbat, that facilitates community programs in remote indigenous communities during the school holidays to extend and enrich learning – a program she is proud to be a part of.

Rhiannon can be contacted by the following: