Geraldine Sullivan, mentee in the 2020-21 program in NSW (Macquarie University)

I started my university career in biomolecular science, wanting to pursue an academic career in genetics. I completed a prerequisite statistics course and found it interesting, so I added a statistics major to my Bachelor of Science. I wanted to combine my love of science and data analysis, so I went on to do a bioinformatics-based Master of Research. I developed a love of coding in R and command line whilst looking at the diversity of nutrient acquisition in cyanobacteria around Australia. I am currently undertaking a PhD in molecular science and biostatistics at Macquarie University looking at how antibiotics work together to increase killing. This involves handling large amounts of data, which is exactly what I enjoy. I hope my research will contribute to the discovery and development of more antibiotic therapies.

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