Cassie is Professor of Immunology at Murdoch University. She has a Bachelor of Science degree with Honours and a PhD in Microbiology from The University of Western Australia. Between 1991 and 1994, Cassie trained as a postdoctoral scientist in the United States, awarded a Fogarty Visiting Fellowship at the National Institutes of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, Bethesda, Maryland. Here she designed and developed live influenza virus vaccines. She then moved back to Australia to research other viruses at The University of Western Australia as a chief investigator. In 1999, she was appointed as an academic to lecture in biomedical science at Murdoch University.
Cassie has published widely in viral immunology, vaccines and immunotherapeutics and has filed patents for innovative vaccines. She has trained 30 postgraduate researchers in Hons and PhD programmes of study at universities. She has taught undergraduate students in diverse science courses and mentored numerous women in STEM.
Cassie currently teaches over 1,000 students per year and influences each of them as change agents in the community to advocate for the value of health and medical research and education.