After completing both a MSc and PhD in computational biology and pathogen genomics with Prof. Kathryn Holt, I am now a full time bioinformatician under the supervision of Prof. Ben Howden at MDU PHL, researching the evolution and transmission of antimicrobial-resistant bacteria pathogens in the hospital environment. I work at the interface of traditional academic research and translation, with results being communicated back to hospitals in close-to-real time. My work includes genomic and phylogenetic analyses of bacteria genome sequences, to identify the population structure and infer strain relatedness. This approach employs a range of bioinformatic techniques to investigate large genomic data sets, and compare with relevant epidemiological data. I have won a number of awards for both my presentations and research, including: the 2018 MDHS-ECR Travel Grant; a 2018 Veski Victoria Fellowship, which took me overseas for several months; and I was selected as an outbound ambassador for the Melbourne Genomics Health Alliance in 2019.
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Current Research Focus
microbiology, bioinformatics, genomics, computational biology
Field of Research Description 60102 Bioinformatics 60309 Phylogeny and Comparative Analysis
- Bioinformatics genomics
- Antimicrobial resistance
- Hospital transmission analysis
Looking to collaborate?
I would appreciate a collaborator with skills to complement or enrich my own, specifically: mathematical modelling, statistics, or epidemiology.