Growing up in regional Victoria, Candice Raeburn moved to Melbourne to study Applied Science at RMIT University. Completing her degree in 2010, she began working in the education space, teaching at public high schools in Fukushima, Japan. Inspired by her evacuation from the nuclear fallout zone, Candice founded an honours research project in nuclear waste bioremediation, seeking to decontaminate soil using radiation-resistant bacteria. Post-graduation, Candice worked in the pharmaceutical industry in quality control, recombinant biopharmaceutical production and facility start-up; and later as an Australian volunteer for international development in a hospital laboratory in Vanuatu.
Candice has recently finished her Masters in neurodegeneration, biochemistry and genetic engineering at the University of Melbourne. She works at Engineers Without Borders Australia on the organisation and delivery of international human-centred design immersive experiences for young engineers. She is continually involved with a range of STE(A)M initiatives, including the new Science Gallery Melbourne, which seeks to break down barriers between science, art and the public. Candice is an inaugural Science & Technology Australia STEM Ambassador.