Francesca Short


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Francesca completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Otago, New Zealand, and her PhD at the University of Cambridge in the lab of Professor George Salmond. From 2016-2018 she was a Sir Henry Wellcome Postdoctoral fellow at the University of Cambridge and Wellcome Sanger Institute, and in 2019 she relocated to Australia to work at Macquarie University with Professor Ian Paulsen. Her work bridges classical molecular microbiology, biochemistry and genomics approaches to build our understanding of how bacterial pathogens cause disease, with a particular focus on regulation of virulence factors. Francesca joined Monash University in November 2020 as an ARC DECRA fellow.

Education/Academic qualification

Biochemistry, PhD, University of Cambridge

Biotechnology, BAppSc (hons), University of Otago

Research area keywords

  • Klebsiella pneumoniae
  • Acinetobacter baumannii
  • virulence
  • functional genomics
  • Tn-Seq