• The University of Western Australia (M316), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth


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A geneticist interested in synthetic biology, RNA biology and epigenetics. Since 2018, I have been a Research Associate at the University of Western Australia, working with Prof Ryan Lister creating gene circuits for plants. 

Starting in 2005, I studied Genetics (with a year in industry) at the University of York (UK) where I worked in the group of Prof Dame Ottoline Leyser FRS DBE for my final year research project exploring the genetic basis of shoot architecture. My year in Industry was at Advanced Technologies Cambridge working on plant genetic engineering. In 2009 I won a Sainsbury Studentship in Plant Sciences to fund my PhD with Prof Brendan Davies at the University of Leeds (UK) working on nonsense-mediated mRNA decay (NMD) in plants. In 2014 I became a post-doc at the University of California, Berkeley (USA), initially working with Prof Daniel Zilberman and Prof Steven Brenner on splicing before continuing at Berkeley as part of the Center for RNA Systems Biology working on splicing and NMD.

Education/Academic qualification

Molecular Plant Genetics, PhD, The characterisation of SMG1 in the nonsense-mediated mRNA decay pathway of Physcomitrella patens, University of Leeds

Award Date: 20 Jan 2014

Genetics (with a year in industry), BSc (Hons), University of York

Award Date: 20 Jul 2009

Industry keywords

  • Agriculture and Food
  • Bioinformatics
  • Bioengineering
  • Biotechnology


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