I completed my Bachelor of Science majoring in biochemistry and molecular biology and genetics in 2015 at UWA. After a year travelling abroad and working in the WA health department, I enrolled in a Master of Biotechnology course and started a project with Professor Ian Small.
My PhD project is centred around the phenomenon of uridine to cytidine (U-to-C) conversion in plant chloroplast and mitochondria. This has been known as 'reverse' editing because it is a conversion in the opposite direction to typical plant RNA editing events - cytidine to uridine (C-to-U) conversion. However, the term 'reverse' is not quite accurate. U-to-C conversion is likely a novel biochemical mechanism which is exclusive to small set of plants.
My project aims to discover the enzymes responsible for U-to-C editing and further, to elucidate the mechanism. An understanding of how U-to-C editing occurs in plants may be broadly applicable to agricultural biotechnology, synthetic biology and RNA editing therapies.
I am funded by the Australian Government Research Training Program scholarship.
I am passionate about sharing my knowledge and skills and have helped to demonstrate the laboratory components of several genetics and biochemistry units at UWA on a casual basis during my studies.
I have also volunteered to help develop learning resources for high school students to visualise the cell and develop a stronger foundational understanding of genetics.
I have volunteered for BioBarcode Australia and DNAZoo Australia to run day sessions for high school students.
People learn in many different ways. This is evident when teaching in a wet lab environment. Some students understand experiments based on the lectures and tutorials, but others need to physically do experiments to gain a deeper understanding.
I try to engage students I work with individually personally and try to help them understand and comprehend what they've learned in their lectures, and to apply it to the lab experiments.
Biotechnology, Master, The University of Western Australia
5 Mar 2017 → 7 Mar 2019
Award Date: 7 Mar 2019
Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and Genetics, Bachelor, The University of Western Australia
28 Feb 2012 → 11 Dec 2015
Award Date: 11 Dec 2015
Research expertise keywords
- RNA-binding proteins
- RNA biology
- Plant biology
- Synthetic biology
- Molecular biology and genetics