Melinda M Ashcroft
Mid-way through her Masters degree in Biotechnology, Melinda realised that it was possible to combine her two passions, computers and biology. In 2019 Melinda was awarded her PhD in Microbial Genomics, which focused on the roles of Mobile Genetic Elements, antimicrobial resistance and DNA methylation in the evolution of Escherichia coli lineages. During her PhD, she won several awards including the prestigious Australian Society for Microbiology student award (2017).
Melinda is now a Postdoctoral Research Fellow and Computational Microbiologist at The Peter Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity at The University of Melbourne. Here, her work focuses on genomic epidemiology, transmission, evolution and antimicrobial resistance of Neisseria gonorrhoeae. Since starting as a postdoc in late 2019, Melinda has also won 2 early career research awards presenting her work at national microbiology and sexual health conferences. As an ASM communications ambassador from 2017-2021 (Twitter: @AUSSOCMIC, @BioMinnie and @XDRPathogens), Melinda's interests also include blogging and science communication.
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