Victoria Leitch, PhD

Victoria is a bone biologist based at RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia. Her current work focuses on developing personalised orthopaedic implants for osteosarcoma patients, but her wider research interests include the genetics of bone biology and bone disorders, particularly in the skull. She is also a keen science communicator, passionate about sharing research with the public in an honest, understandable and exciting way. When she is not in the lab, you can find Victoria playing netball, tending her tiny apartment garden, playing music, saving a princess (i.e. playing Nintendo), or doting on her spoiled cat!

Melissa Cantley, PhD

Melissa Cantley is a NHMRC Early Career Research Fellow working in the Myeloma Research Laboratory at the University of Adelaide and a Faculty Research Fellow located at the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI), Australia. Her research interests revolve around bone cell biology and role of the complex bone microenvironment in disease. This includes the blood cancer multiple myeloma and understanding the role of the bone microenvironment in progression from pre-cancerous stages. She also focuses on drug targeting of bone loss in chronic inflammatory diseases such as periodontitis. Melissa is current Co-Chair of the Australian and New Zealand Bone and Mineral Society Early Career Investigator Committee (ECIC). Melissa is passionate about science communication (Twitter: @CantleyMelissa) and is involved in supervision of Masters students, PhD students as well as teaching into undergraduate courses. Melissa is a mum to two young boys and loves to spend her spare time with family and friends travelling and making great memories.