Sophia Frentz is a PhD candidate in Genetics at the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute and the University of Melbourne, looking into potential treatments for early-onset mitochondrial disorders. She completed undergraduate studies at the University of Otago in New Zealand, also in Genetics.
She was named one of 20 young Australians on the cusp of greatness, despite being a Kiwi, and was recently featured in “20 scientists to watch” in the RiAus Ultimate Science Guide.
Sophia is currently Vice President of Women in Science and Engineering at the University of Melbourne, was an MC for Pint of Science in Melbourne, and is vocal on Twitter. She has written for The Conversation, The Cusp, Archer, and Lateral Magazine.
Sophia is passionate about diversity in STEM, science communication, and human rights in every form, and is a talented and experienced speaker. From 2017, Sophia co-chairs the Society’s Membership and Mentoring Committee with Associate Professor Gavin Smith.