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Project Officer; Centre for Advanced Training Systems, University of Newcastle

Working with the Centre for Advanced Training Systems on the development of innovative training solutions. We use mixed-reality platforms (e.g. virtual reality) to develop immersive, interactive and dynamic educational tools, in Health, Education and Defence. Importantly, we integrate research into design, development and assessing training outcomes.

I worked with the NHMRC-funded Centre of Excellence in Severe Asthma (www.severeasthma.org.au; 2015-2019). My focus was on communications and translation of research findings into the clinic, including development of tailored evidence-based educational materials for healthcare professionals (e.g. the Severe Asthma Toolkit; https://toolkit.severeasthma.org.au).

My previous research focussed on mechanisms regulating disease (e.g. asthma and virus infections). This included changes in the bone marrow during disease and infection. During a virus infection, an immune response is rapidly induced. This immune response is required to kill the virus and infected cells. This immune response also causes changes in the bone marrow, which can alter immune cell production and bone health.

I completed my PhD studies with Dr Kelly McNagny at The Biomedical Research Centre, University of British Columbia in Vancouver, BC, Canada (2010). My research focused on the role of CD34 (and the related molecule podocalyxin) in pre-clinical disease models.

Experience

  • 2012–present
    Post-doctoral Fellow, University of Newcastle & Hunter Medical Research Institute
  • 2015–present
    Research Academic, NHMRC Centre of Excellence in Severe Asthma

Education

  • 2010 
    University of British Columbia, BC, Canada, Ph.D. in Genetics
  • 2004 
    University of British Columbia, BC, Canada, B.Sc. in Genetics (Honours)