Michelle McDonald

Michelle is a pre-clinical researcher and a Cancer Institute NSW Career Development Fellow at The Garvan Institute of Medical Research, Sydney, Australia and a Senior Lecturer at UNSW Australia. Her research employs innovative intravital imaging techniques to visualise and track interactions between cancer cells and the bone microenvironment, with the aim to advance treatments to prevent bone metastatic disease. Michelle plays an active role supporting the development of the IFMRS research community members, through active mentoring roles and supporting early career scientists as a previous chair of the International Bone and Mineral Society New Investigator Committee. She is also passionate about facilitating the development of an inclusive culture in medical research as a current member of the American Society for Bone and Mineral Research Women’s Committee and is an avid supporter of entities which are committed  to  supporting women in STEM. Michelle enjoys engaging with the community and consumers for education purposes, and to encourage their important contributions to the medical research journey. In her down time Michelle enjoys strength training, rock climbing, baking, travelling and relaxing with her family.

Michaela Reagan PhD

Michaela is a cancer researcher currently based at the Maine Medical Center Research Institute (Scarborough ME, USA). The focus of her research is the design and testing of novel anti-myeloma agents. She is interested in how bone marrow adipose tissue, and adiposity in general, contribute to cancer in the bone. She is an avid supporter of issues and needs of female and early-career scientists, the current chair of the ASBMR Womens’ Committee on Bone and Mineral Research, a member of the board of AIMM (Advances in Mineral Metabolism), and a member of the Scientific Board for the Bone Marrow Adiposity Society. She is also a new mother to her son, Aiden, born in May 2019 to her and her husband, Joel. She mentors PhD students, Masters student, undergraduate students, and other scientists. As an extrovert, collaborations around the world and at home in Maine fuel her passion for science and research. Her other passions include rock climbing, hiking, camping, and skiing.