Grace has a background in Microbiology with a focus on diagnostics. She has over 13 years’ experience working at PathWest Reference Laboratory Medicine in Western Australia. While employed at PathWest, she received a Commonwealth Scholarship that allowed her to pursue a postgraduate degree in Infectious Diseases from the University of Western Australia. During this period, she conducted a research project on murine cytomegalovirus that ignited her interest to learn more, consequently she applied for a doctoral program.
In 2015, she was awarded an Australian Postgraduate Award/Scholarship by the University of Western Australia and began a PhD research project with Professor Thomas V Riley’s research group in Perth. Her research project focused on the characterisation of a strain of Clostridium difficile, the large clostridial toxin negative, binary toxin producing C. difficile strains. She spent the next 4 years working part-time as a medical scientist, initially within the molecular diagnostic department and later in the diagnostic genomics department at PathWest and working on her research project. Her published work focuses on molecular diagnostics, antimicrobial surveillance, epidemiology, phenotypic and genotypic characterisation and identification of virulence factors in C. difficile.
She is currently a postdoctoral scientist within the HIV, Inflammation and Microbiome group led by Dr. Lindi Masson. Her research focuses on identifying the role of non-optimal microbiota in infection and inflammation and the development of potential biotherapeutic candidates.
- 2020 – Current: Research Officer, Burnet Institute.
- 2017 – 2020: Medical Scientist, Diagnostic Genomics, PathWest Laboratory Medicine WA.
- 2009 – 2017: Laboratory Technician and Medical Scientist, Molecular Diagnostics, PathWest Laboratory Medicine WA.
- 2008 – 2009: Laboratory Technician, Foods, Waters & Vitamins Laboratory, PathWest Laboratory Medicine WA.
- 2007 – 2008: Laboratory Technician, Oxford Compounding Pharmacy, WA
- PhD. Microbiology, University of Western Australia (UWA)
- M.Sc. Infectious Diseases, University of Western Australia (UWA)
- B.Sc. Human Biology, Edith Cowan University (ECU)