PHD Student – Molecular Biology
After obtaining First Class Honours in 2014 in the Toth lab, Amy completed a year of voluntary research to explore her interests in the field of immunology. Working in collaboration with the Institute for Glycomics at Griffith University, she developed a novel prophylactic vaccine against streptococcus pyogenes.
Amy joined then the Inflammasome Lab (UQ’s Institute for Molecular Bioscience) in 2016 for her PhD studies. Her PhD project is unravelling the mysteries of the poorly understood “non-canonical” inflammasome.
This year she received the coveted People’s Choice award for her entry describing her research on sepsis and her motivation for continuing to raise the profile of women in STEM fields, titled “Mission Inflammation: Guarding against Collateral Damage in Infection” and is a Young Science Ambassador with Wonder of Science!! one of those people who make you wonder what you’ve been doing with your life. A UQ graduate of both their Enhanced Studies Program in Thermal and Mechanical Physics AND a Dual (yes: 2) Bachelor of Engineering (Hons)/ Bachelor of Science majoring in Electrical and Computer Engineering, and Biomedical Science. After interning at MOVUS she landed herself the sweet gig of Program Manager at Microsoft’s Innovation Centre which empowers and enables innovators and start-ups to reach their full potential.