I joined the Kirby Institute's Viral Hepatitis Clinical Research Program Laboratory and began working as a research assistant in 2011. My supervisors encouraged me to apply for the Australian Postgraduate Award and I commenced my doctoral studies through the University of New South Wales in 2013. My thesis research has been supervised by Professor Gregory Dore, Associate Professor Jason Grebely and Senior Lecturer Tanya Applegate and is a multidisciplinary study utilising molecular biology laboratory techniques, phylogenetics and clinical epidemiology to study the transmission of recently acquired Hepatitis C Virus Infection in Australia and I expect to complete my thesis in August 2017.
I am currently teaching biochemistry and molecular biology at the University of New South Wales in the School of Biotechnology and Biomolecular Sciences and the School of Medicine. I have broad research interests including phylogenetics, molecular diagnostics, antiviral drug resistance, infectious disease epidemiology, health of marginalised populations and public policy. I have a particular interest in how basic science can be used to inform public health policy and hope my research can help lead to the elimination of infectious diseases like HIV and hepatitis C virus.
The Kirby Institute for infection and immunity in society was formerly known as the National Centre in HIV Epidemiology and Clinical Research
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