Saxon Dean

Redfern, New South Wales

Medical researcher in the making

A school fundraiser inspired Saxon’s interest in mitochondrial disease, a genetic disorder that affects how the body produces energy and is linked to Parkinson’s disease and diabetes. Now 10, his dream is to study genetics and help find a cure. To get one step closer, Saxon is using his AMP Tomorrow Fund grant to attend the Through The Microscope summer school at the Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth in the US. With a focus on mitochondrial disease, it teaches young students lab skills, data interpretation and scientific concepts: “I would love to understand the genetic properties of the human body’s mitochondria and eventually help work out what causes mitochondrial disease.”