Postdoctoral Research Associate
Jessica is a scientist who works with the Brain Tumour Research team, led by Dr Raelene Endersby and Dr Nick Gottardo, to help find more effective and less damaging treatments for children’s brain tumours. Her work involves testing new drugs in combination with chemotherapy and radiotherapy to both increase survival, and also to reduce side effects from radiotherapy by reducing the dose delivered. In particular she works with a type of children’s brain tumour called medulloblastoma. She also has expertise in using MRI imaging to study brain tumours.
Jessica was awarded her Masters in Neuroscience and PhD in Oncology from the University of Oxford in 2019, where she was supported by Charlie Perkins, Oxford-Australia, Chevening and Green Templeton College scholarships. She has since moved to Perth to start her research with the Brain Tumour team, and has been awarded a Forrest Fellowship to begin in 2020.
As a Kamilaroi woman, Jessica is also interested in mentoring the next generation of young women in STEM, and encouraging more Indigenous students to become involved in science.