DPhil research project in...in the group of... (September 2017 - ongoing) University of Oxford, Plant Sciences Department,
Completed a 12-week short project in... (April-June 2017) University of Oxford, Plant Sciences Department,
12-week short project (January-March 2017) University of Oxford, Plant Sciences Department, Professor Philip Poole.
Testing nitrogen-fixation and ammonia excretion in Pseudomonas protegens Pf5 transformed with a plasmid containing the nitrogen-fixation locus of Pseudomonas stutzeri.
Bachelor of Science: Honours (July 2015-June 2016) University of Queensland, Australian Centre for Ecogenomics, Professor Gene Tyson. Using the newly developed in-situ chemotaxis assay (ISCA) device to capture bacteria that display chemotaxis towards environmentally relevant compounds, including poly(ethylene terephthalate) degradation products and pesticides (diuron and atrazine). Then analysing the captured microbes using culture-independent methods (e.g. 16S rRNA gene amplicon and metagenomics) to provide the microbial population attracted by each individual chemoattractant and their metabolic potential.
ASPinS Research Subject SCIE3260 (February-June 2015) University of Queensland, Centre for Advanced Imaging, Doctor Horst Schirra. Writing code in R to estimate individual false-discovery rates across NMR metabolomics data split into columns along the ppm. This allows the amelioration of the multiple testings problem, without relying on a uniform FDR assumption.
Research Assistant Position and Summer Research (January-July 2014) University of Queensland, Centre for Nutrition & Food Sciences (QAAFI), Professor Bob Gilbert. Comparing the glycogen extracted through the traditional sucrose-gradient method to that extracted from formalin fixed samples. Advanced study program in Science (ASPinS)
Research Subject SCIE3011 (January-August 2013) University of Queensland, Centre for Nutrition & Food Sciences (QAAFI), Professor Bob Gilbert. Testing the amount and structure of glycogen in mouse livers at different times after eating through an assay, size-exclusion chromatography and transmission electron microscopy of extracted glycogen.
Work experience program (March, 2010) University of Queensland, Institute for Molecular Biosciences Extracting DNA from mouse bones. Learning initial pipetting skills.
University of Queensland
Bachelor of Science: Honours Class I (July 2015–June 2016)
Bachelor of Science: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (July 2012–June 2015)
‘A Rapid Extraction Method for Glycogen from Formalin-fixed Liver’, Sullivan, M. A.; Li, S.; Aroney, S. T. N.; Deng, B.; Li, Cheng.; Roura, E.; Schulz, B. L.; Harcourt, B. E.; Forber, J. M.; Gilbert, R. G. Carbohydrate Polymers2015, 118, 9-15.
‘Changes in Glycogen Structure over Feeding Cycle Sheds New Light on Blood-Glucose Control’, Sullivan, M. A.; Aroney, S. T. N.; Li, S.; Warren, F. J.; Suk Joo, J.; Sin Mak, K.; Stapleton, D. I.; Bell-Anderson, K. S.; Gilbert, R. G. Biomacromolecules2014, 15 (2), 660-665.
Analytical: High level analytical skills developed in mathematics and science courses in school and university, supplemented by involvement in ongoing research projects through subjects and summer programs.
Organised: Highly organised approach to study and research has helped me secure high grades and provide high quality research assistance and teaching.
Technological: Proficient in a wide range of computer programs and systems, including MS Word, Excel, R, Python and Linux.