Engineering cancer defence for the brain

Engineering cancer defence for the brain

August 19, 2019 0 By Stanley Isaacs


I love working at the Walter and Eliza
Hall Institute. It’s a pretty amazing place to do cutting-edge research. My laboratory in the Immunology Division focuses on harnessing the power of
killer T cells, which are part of your immune system, to kill brain cancer. Reconciliation Week is, I think, incredibly important. I honestly think
that you can’t be what you can’t see, so by having role models that are women,
that are Indigenous, that are from different cultures and backgrounds and
ethnicities… by having that diversity in our workplaces, not only does that drive
innovation, but it also has a knock-on effect of enabling young girls and young
Indigenous girls to study science and to know that that’s a pathway that is open to them. Growing up in a place like Ballarat, I didn’t really
know anyone who had been to university. To even just to come to university as an
18 year old teenager was a challenge that meant moving away from the family
home, it meant working a couple of jobs to support myself and pay my rent and put
myself through university not knowing a single soul. What’s been extraordinary is
that it’s made me realise that process and that my education has given
me opportunities that money can’t buy.