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Deborah comes from a microbiology background with expertise in bacterial genetics, specifically surrounding antibiotic resistance.

Research interests include molecular microbiology, genetics, and synthetic biology. Specific interests are the underlying genetic mechanisms of how antibiotic resistance genes are dispersed through the environment, and exploring how synthetic biology can help tackle issues that have arisen as a result of climate change.


  • 2019–2021
    Masters candidate, University of Canterbury


  • 2021 
    University of Canterbury, Master of Science in Microbiology
  • 2018 
    University of Canterbury, Bachelor of Science


  • 2021
    Differentiated impacts of human interventions on nature: Scaling the conversation on regulation of gene technologies, Elementa

Professional Memberships

  • New Zealand Microbiology Association