Molecular Biology Manager, Victorian Institute of Forensic Medicine

I am a science professional with a post-graduate research degree and over fifteen years of laboratory, administrative, and research experience. Over this time I have developed a proven record in molecular biology and biotechnology, as well as developing skills in management.

I graduated from La Trobe University having completed a BSc and PhD (majoring in biochemistry and molecular biology). Following my post graduate studies, I worked with Professor Joseph Sambrook, firstly at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in the USA as a Howard Hughes Associate; then at the Peter MacCallum Cancer Institute in Melbourne. I then enjoyed a long tenure with the Department of Primary Industries (at the then “Victorian Institute of Animal Science”), culminating in my appointment as Leader of the Functional Genomics Section of the Animal Genetics and Genomics platform.

In my current capacity as Manager of the Molecular Biology Section and Chief Molecular Biologist with the Victorian Institute of Forensic Medicine, I look after the provision of DNA analysis for coronial investigation, as well as other casework. I lead a small and dedicated team of scientist, and enjoy a level of engagement with fellow scientists, such as forensic anthropologist, odontologist, toxicologist, as well as pathologists with respect to coronial case work and research activities.

Experience

  • –present
    Molecular Biology Manager, Victorian Institute of Forensic Medicine

Education

  • 1993 
    La Trobe University, PhD (Biochemistry)