Meet Dendra Hillier

Taken this year, Dendra works in a lab which uses rats as a model for placental development. She holds a baby rat, approximately 21 days in age. “Rats are incredibly smart and loving, they are simply wonderful animals to work with,” says Dendra.

Taken this year, Dendra works in a lab which uses rats as a model for placental development. She holds a baby rat, approximately 21 days in age. “Rats are incredibly smart and loving, they are simply wonderful animals to work with,” says Dendra.

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