Sophia Frentz is a PhD Candidate with the University of Melbourne, based at the Murdoch Childrens Research Institute. Her research is into mitochondrial disorders, and investigating potential treatments. You can find out more about mitochondrial disorders and how it affects people at the Australian Mitochondrial Disease Foundation.

Sophia got her BSc(Hons) in Genetics from the University of Otago, and misses the university but not the weather. Currently she is heavily involved with Women in Science and Engineering, the students group at the University of Melbourne, a councillor for the Royal Society of Victoria, helping run and MCing the “Mind and Body” theme for Pint of Science, and on the committee of Free Debate. Sophia is also co-lead tutor of Genes, Health, and Society. She’s passionate about science communication, feminism, equality, queer representation, and positive conversations about mental health.

You can find Sophia on LinkedIn and Twitter, and links to articles both about her and by her are here.