I am currently heading the Microbiology laboratory in Clinical and Health Sciences at the University of South Australia. I am also leading the Antimicrobial Resistance stream in Health and Biomedical Innovation. My research focus and passion are to understand antimicrobial resistance and to use this knowledge as a basis for antimicrobial drug discovery.
I obtained my BSc(Hons) and Master’s degrees with distinction from the University of the Free State in South Africa before securing a scholarship to do a PhD in the UK. After completing my PhD at the University of Leeds, I moved to Cambridge, where I spent twelve years doing research on multidrug transporters, first as a post-doc and later running my own research group as a Royal Society Dorothy Hodgkin Fellow at the University of Cambridge. I joined the University of South Australia as Head of Microbiology in December 2012 where I am leading an internationally acclaimed research group on Antimicrobial Resistance.