Melinda M Ashcroft
Melinda was awarded her PhD in February 2019. Prior to her PhD, she obtained a Master of Biotechnology (High Distinction) 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. This progressed into a Masters project on Melanoma genomics. In 2014 Melinda decided to continue working in Bioinformatics and joined the Beatson Lab to undertake her PhD. Here, her work focused on the accessory genome in Extraintestinal pathogenic E. coli (ExPEC). Melinda is now a Postdoctoral Research Fellow and Computational Microbiologist at the Australian Centre of Ecogenomics at the University of Queensland. Her work focuses on antimicrobial resistant lineages, DNA methylation and mobile genetic elements. 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 2017-2019 (Twitter: @AUSSOCMIC and @BioMinnie), Melinda's interests also include blogging and science communication.
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