MD Candidate, University of Newcastle
Coco is studying medicine (MD) at the University of Newcastle. She has previously completed a Bachelor of Science, majoring in immunology, from the University of Sydney, Science Honours from the University of New South Wales and has conducted additional research at The Garvan Institute of Medical Research into Parkinson’s Disease. Her honours research surrounded the role of mitochondrial dysfunction in neurodegenerative disease and focused on utilising CRISPR to evaluate potential disease modifying genes.
Coco is particularly interested in Internal medicine, Rheumatology, Oncology and Paediatrics and completed a placement at the New York Centre for Children in early 2020. Outside of Medicine she participates in the AIME Mentorship Program, supporting Australian Indigenous High school students and volunteers at the BOP Homeless Shelter.
When she’s not studying or volunteering you can find her, running, hiking, swimming, practicing yoga or walking her dog.
Rowing on the Australian National team
My resilience in pursuing medicine and maintaining a positive mindset when faced with ongoing symptoms of my autoimmune disease
HEALTHCARE ADVANCEMENT YOU HOPE TO SEE IN YOUR LIFETIME
A more personalised approach to medicine
Shift in oncology towards patient specific cell therapy, utilising genetically engineered immune cells specifically targeted to patient tumour cells
Advances in preventative medicine through the use of genomic sequencing as a screening tool
MOST INFLUENTIAL CONTENT READ LAST YEAR
'The Boy Who Was Raised as a Dog' by psychiatrist Dr. Bruce D. Perry. It opened my eyes to the world of public health and how prevention and treatment of trauma in children and adolescents can have dramatic impacts on systemic health as an adult.