Melinda M Ashcroft Australian Society for Microbiology Annual Scientific Meeting 2019

Melinda M Ashcroft

Melinda was awarded her PhD in February 2019. Prior to her PhD, she obtained a Master of Biotechnology (commendation for academic excellence) from The University of Queensland (UQ) in 2013. Mid-way through her Masters, Melinda realised that it was possible to combine her two passions, computers and biology. In 2014 Melinda started her PhD focused on the roles of mobile genetic elements, antimicrobial resistance and DNA methylation in the evolution of Escherichia coli lineages. Melinda is now a Postdoctoral Research Fellow and Computational Microbiologist at the Peter Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity at the University of Melbourne. Her work focuses on genomic epidemiology, transmission, evolution and antimicrobial resistance of pathogenic Neisseria spp. Melinda has previous tutor experience in bioinformatics, microbiology and genetics and was a lecturer in Genomics and Bioinformatics at UQ in 2019. As an ASM communications ambassador from 2017-2020 (Twitter: @AUSSOCMIC, @BioMinnie and @XDRPathogens), Melinda's interests also include blogging and science communication.

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