Dr Anne Rios hopes her life’s passion for imaging and filming will help to answer key questions about how breast cancer starts and spreads. Dr Rios, from the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute (WEHI) in Melbourne, is using state-of-the art imaging equipment to visualise the activity of cells in both normal and cancerous environments. Raised in Marseille, France, Dr Rios came to Australia in 2006, bringing her rare skills to WEHI. Dr Rios is the only researcher in Australia – and one of the few in the world – to film in 3D the activity of cells in breast tissue. This technique, which shows how cells move and interact in real time, provides insights into how breast cancer cells can invade nearby tissues and spread throughout the body.