Meet Dendra Hillier

Dendra in New Zealand hiking up to the Franz Josef Glacier (rocking her  jacket from U of Guelph as usual).

Dendra in New Zealand hiking up to the Franz Josef Glacier (rocking her jacket from U of Guelph as usual).

Dendra Hillier graduated with her Bacherlor of Science in Molecular Biology and Genetics, as well as with her Masters of Science in Molecular and Cellular Biology. She currently works as a Lab Technician. In her spare time she likes to hike, dance, meditate and do yoga.

When did your love of STEM begin?

In highschool I had an amazing teacher who brought biology to life. I remember the exercise she had us do which explained the molecular composition of proteins, how amino acids came together - I was hooked!

What is the best part about working in the field of STEM?

STEM jobs have limitless potential - and many times, allow you to continuously learn. My job gives me the opportunity to be a leader, a teacher, a scientist, a student, and a mentor, all at once! Science is continuously growing and changing, and working in STEM allows you to be on the forefront of what is understood about the world around us.

What advice would you give young women interested in a career in STEM?

Do it. Be brilliant. Be creative. Be the incredible woman you're destined to be! We are capable of anything we set our minds to. Push yourself so that when you look back on your life, you know you gave it your all.

ScienceMathuri Mayakrishnan