Michelle graduated with First-Class Honours in Biochemistry & Genetics from the University of Nottingham in the UK in 2018, where she undertook research for Cancer Research UK. Subsequently, while completing a Masters of Research in Biomedicine at University College London (UCL), Michelle was fortunate to train with world-leaders in gene and cell therapy and paediatric research at the UCL-Great Ormond Street, Institute for Child Health.
Continuing her training, in 2019, Michelle joined the esteemed Prof. Robin Ali’s group at the UCL Institute of Ophthalmology to work as a Research Assistant. She learned cutting-edge techniques in 3D stem cell culture. Michelle was fascinated by the capabilities of pluripotent stem cells to form organoids and decided to pursue a career in research in stem cell and regenerative medicine.
In March 2020, Michelle was honoured to join Dr. Anai Gonzalez Cordero in the Stem Cell Medicine Group as a PhD student. Michelle’s project investigates novel methods and technologies to improve organoid development and retinal therapies. When she is not in the lab, you can find Michelle enjoying life in sunny Sydney at the beach.