My background and formal training is as a researcher in the field of plant molecular biology and genetics. Most recently, I was a Research Associate at the University of Calgary in Calgary, Canada where characterised the expression of proteins that mediate increased nitrogen use efficiency in transgenic rice.
Previously I was a Research Associate at the University of British Columbia (Vancouver, Canada) investigating the links between seed coat development and seed oil accumulation in order to improve oil production in Brassica species. I also spent 4 years in Indonesia where I worked as an independent consultant providing scientific writing, editing, and teaching services, while continuing to be involved in scientific research in the fields of DNA barcoding and biogeography.
I have been involved in research projects involving collaborators in Canada, the USA, France, Australia and Indonesia, and am experienced in managing a team of multi-disciplinary research scientists from multiple countries in order to address complex research questions. As well as scientific knowledge and the ability to conduct research, this experience has also allowed me to develop the following skills:
- Scientific background, with broad knowledge of plant biology;
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills;
- Strong interpersonal skills in teaching and mentoring;
- Budgeting, scheduling and time management; and
- Strategic thinker.