Meet our new contributor, Taylor Wishart
Tayler is a a PhD candidate in the Lens Research Laboratory, at the University of Sydney Bosch Institute. She uses the lens as a model for understanding how growth factors and the proteoglycans interact & regulate cell communication &behaviour. She then applies the findings from her lens studies to more complex systems & pathologies, particularly cancer
After being diagnosed with a low-grade cervical cancer when she was 20, she received treatment at the Chris O’Brien Lifehouse, a specialised oncology facility in Sydney. She was inspired by their amazing staff, & went on to become a volunteer, where she met & spoke to hundreds of patients about their unique experiences with cancer. Their stories inspire her work to this day, & drive her passion as a researcher to be part of helping to understand & develop new therapeutics for cancers, especially those that are rare. At the moment, she is working on adapting her findings to chordoma, a rare and extremely aggressive spinal cancer
Instagram has been an amazing place for her to share her life in the lab with the scientific (and non-scientific!) community. She started her Instagram page to communicate science to the world because of some inner-calling to share science. She started her Instagram page with no motive other than documenting my PhD journey for myself. And despite not initially reaching out, almost immediately she was flooded with questions, advice & support from every corner of the Instagram community. It was this overwhelming enthusiasm and facination for science that got me excited, and what ultimately made me want to share it with the rest of the world. .
Outside her PhD, I love reading, cooking and running with her greyhound Iggy. A couple fun facts about her: 1) She is originally from Vancouver, Canada; 2) She absolutely loves presenting but have awful presentation anxiety; and 3) her right thumb is about 1cm shorter than my left, and because of this I pipette with my right index finger!
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