Researcher biography

I obtained my PhD in Virology investigating the genetic determinants of West Nile virus virulence, under the supervision of Prof. Roy Hall at The University of Queensland in 2012. I furthered my research in the laboratory of Prof. Alexander Khromykh at The University of Queensland, investigating molecular determinants of virulence, and virus-host interactions relating to host innate immunity.

My research into viral replication and host innate immune interactions employs various molecular biology and protein biochemistry techniques. My current research includes molecular determinants of virulence, viral-host interactions, as well as in vivo host factor screening using artificial microRNA technology, predominantly for West Nile and Zika viruses. I also have an interest in the development of Ebola vaccines and therapeutics.