Meet Dr Elinor Hortle
I am among a league of scientists determined to eliminate the world’s deadliest infectious disease. In 2016, 10.4 million people around the world were diagnosed with tuberculosis, and 1.7 million died as a result. While Australia is considered a low-risk country, I believe that’s all the more reason for us to use our privilege to stamp out this killer disease.
I’m currently working with Zebrafish to try discover new ways to treat tuberculosis. During my time as an undergraduate at university, I did a double degree in International Politics and Molecular Biology. Later in my degree, I had the opportunity to intern in a laboratory and enjoyed the daily vibe, which launched my career in medical research.
One of the most interesting projects I’ve worked on has focused on anti-platelet drugs – and how about half of them reduce the bacterial burden of infection, while the other half make it worse. In the future, I would like to get to the bottom of the specific mechanisms of how this is working or not working.
Outside the lab, I enjoy bouldering – which is slightly different from traditional rock-climbing in that the climbs are shorter and no ropes are required. Bouldering is also how I met my husband! As my photo would suggest, I also love music and sing in my church band.