Received PhD from La Trobe University studying the genetics of bacterial conjugation.
Spent 10 years at the Royal Children's Hospital investigating the genetic epidemiology of gastroenteritis viruses, particularly rotavirus and astrovirus.
Research interests include food microbiology, identification of bio-active compounds from medicinal plants and fungi, environmental microbiology, bio-polymers and virology.
Involved in teaching in the areas of microbiology, biotechnology, biochemistry and molecular biology.
Member of the Australian Society for Microbiology; served on Victorian Branch committee (1996-2014).
Member of Dairy Industry Association of Australia.
Member of AusBiotech.