Lena is a Research Fellow at the University of Queensland. She has a diversified skill set and portfolio comprising fifteen years of laboratory research. Using her expertise in genetics, Lena has contributed to finding cures for a paediatric brain tumour, improving our understanding of how the autistic brain processes sensory experiences, and now, creating sustainable food and agriculture.
Lena is deeply passionate about science communication. She has authored nine peer-reviewed documents including research articles and reviews, a book chapter series, and blog post for Nature Careers. The Brisbane Times and ABC Radio have interviewed Lena about her research. She has been on seven committees, working groups, or boards, including the WiT Marketing and Communications Working Group in 2020 and the WiT Sciences Committee since 2021.