bip_1835.jpgRochelle attended Queen’s University for her undergraduate degree and graduated with a Bachelor of Science, Specialization in Life Sciences. Her interest in research started at Queen’s when she undertook a thesis project in the Lab of Dr Michael Rauh where she studied mis-splicing events in Chronic Myelogenous Leukemia. Rochelle is currently a PhD student in the Molecular Genetics Department at the University of Toronto and is jointly supervised by Drs Peter Dirks and Xi Huang. She uses drosophila, mouse, and cell culture techniques to study the role of membrane potential in the pediatric brain tumour medulloblastoma. Since getting involved with cancer research, Rochelle has noticed gaps in the general public’s understanding of research initiatives. By working with RIOT, Rochelle hopes to help fill these gaps by engaging with the general public at educational events and writing informational blog posts about current cancer research initiatives.