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I am a research scientist who studies the DNA of bacteria using computational biology, then tests hypotheses in the laboratory using micro and molecular biology.

I am currently working as a postdoctoral research fellow with Dr. Kelly Wyres within the Microbial Genomics Laboratory at the Department of Infectious Diseases at The Burnett Institute and Monash University, working on metabolic modelling of Klebsiella pneumoniae, a notable infectious pathogen.

I completed honours and a PhD studying molecular biology at Deakin and Monash University, respectively, where I developed genetic tools and novel expression systems for a chicken commensal bacteria, Ligilactobacillus agilis.

I have also worked as a research scientist at RMIT university doing diagnostics, RNA sequencing analysis and genomics of chicken pathogen Campylobacter hepaticus, the cause of spotty liver disease. 

I then completed a 1.5 year postdoctoral position at Griffith University where I studied the circular bacteriocin, plantacyclin B21AG via computational approaches then wet-lab mutagenesis.

Research interests

I am concerned about antibiotic resistance and am focused on alternative approaches to combat this serious issue, such as developing vaccines, antimicrobial proteins, diagnostics and surveillance, all of which are informed by genetics-based approaches. Also, bacteria are just cool, so that makes them interesting and worthy of study in their own right.

Feel free to check out my Scholar and ORCID pages to see my written contributions to science 



Outside of direct academic collaborations, I do bioinformatics consulting for biotech companies and research groups. Please feel free to get in touch if you have sequencing data and would like analysis performed. 

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

Education/Academic qualification

Molecular and Microbiology, PhD

1 Feb 20141 May 2018

Award Date: 1 Aug 2018

External positions

Freelance Computational Biology

1 Apr 20201 Oct 2020

Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Griffith University

11 Jan 201915 Apr 2020

Research Scientist, RMIT University

1 Jan 20181 Sep 2018

Research area keywords

  • Computational Biology
  • Bioinformatics
  • Molecular Biology
  • Microbiology
  • Antimicrobial Resistance
  • Antimicrobial agent
  • Vaccine design
  • Genomics
  • Genetics, microbial


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