Upon graduation from Penrhos, Raelene completed a Bachelor of Science with first-class Honours in Molecular Genetics from Curtin University. Inspired to make a difference in medical research, she completed a PhD focused on the characterisation of a previously unknown leukemia gene. Raelene then traveled overseas to St Jude Children’s Research Hospital, USA, for post doctoral training in childhood brain cancers and developmental neurobiology. In 2011, she was awarded a fellowship to return to Australia and join the Telethon Kids Institute. In 2016, Raelene was awarded the Brainchild Fellowship and appointed Co-head of Brain Tumour Research within the Telethon Kids Cancer Centre. Her research aims to find better treatments for the most aggressive brain cancers of childhood. In addition to her own work, Raelene has input into the strategic direction of Telethon Kids through her role on the Institute Leadership Team, which is the highest level executive committee in the institute.