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Hélène received a PhD in cellular and molecular genetics from Pierre and Marie Curie University, Paris (France) and joined Daniel St Johnston’s group at the Wellcome Trust/Cancer Research UK Gurdon Institute, University of Cambridge, in 2000 to work on cell polarity. Much of her work focuses on how cells become polarised, how polarity controls the organisation of the cytoskeleton and how the polarised cytoskeleton is used to target components to the correct place in the cell. In parallel, she obtained a Diploma in Science Communication from Birkbeck College, London in 2005. Since then, she has been developing a public engagement programme for the Gurdon institute. She is now a Research Associate in Daniel St Johnston’s group and the Outreach Coordinator for the Gurdon Institute.