Leah Roberts is a postgraduate student currently undertaking her PhD under the supervision of Associate Professor Scott Beatson and Professor Mark Schembri. 

Leah's projects include studying mobile genetic elements within the globally disseminated Uropathogenic E. coli (UPEC) lineage ST131 to elucidate novel mechanisms relating to pathogenesis, virulence and survival during infection. Leah has also been working on exploring the use of whole genome sequencing (WGS) and its application in helping clinicians respond to bacterial outbreaks in hospital settings.  

In addition to advancing her wet lab techniques, Leah is also interested in data visualisation and the development of bioinformatics tools, and has varying skills in programming languages such as python and bash. She is keen to apply both her bioinformatics and wet lab skills in her future profession.

2014, Bachelor of Science Hons class I (Microbiology), The University of Queensland
2013, Bachelor of Arts (Japanese Extended Major), The University of Queensland


Australian Centre for Ecogenomics
Level 5, Molecular Biosciences Bldg
University of Queensland
Brisbane, Australia

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