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Dr Melinda Ashcroft

Dr Melinda Ashcroft

Dr Melinda Ashcroft

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Postdoctoral Research Officer (Bioinformatics)
Antimicrobial Resistance and Healthcare Associated Infections
Genomics, Epidemiology, Public Health, Translational and Clinical Research
Department of Microbiology and Immunology (DMI)
Lab Group(s):
Williamson group

Melinda is a Postdoctoral Research Officer and Computational Microbiologist with a special interest in antimicrobial resistance, mobile genetic elements and the evolution of clinically relevant human pathogens. Melinda has skills in genomics, bioinformatics, evolutionary biology and population genetics and works both in basic research and in translating research into clinical use.

  • Key Achievements
    • Melinda completed a Masters of Biotechnology (commendation for academic excellence) in 2013 and was awarded her PhD from the University of Queensland in early 2019 investigating the roles of mobile genetic elements, antimicrobial resistance and DNA methylation in the evolution of Escherichia coli lineages. Melinda has presented at numerous local and national conferences, receiving the Australian Society of Microbiology Student Travel Award (2017) and the Bacterial Pathogenesis (BacPath) Conference Best Student Poster Presentation Award (2017). In late 2019 Melinda moved to the Williamson Group, working on Neisseria spp. and investigating transmission, population genetics, evolution and antimicrobial resistance.

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    Research Groups
    • Williamson group

      The Williamson group was established within the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at the University of Melbourne with a focus on the science of applied microbial genomics to public health microbiology. Their research interests include the molecular epidemiology and pathogenesis of infections caused by antimicrobial resistant pathogens, particularly sexually-transmitted infections, and the translation of genomic technologies to questions of public health importance.

      Lab Team

      Williamson group

      • Postdoctoral Fellow and Lab Manager
      • Dr Danielle Ingle
        Postdoctoral Research Fellow
      • Postdoctoral Research Officer (Bioinformatics)
      • George Taiora
        Postdoctoral Research Fellow
      • Socheata Chea
        Research Support Officer
      • Joshua Peng
        Technical Assistant, MDU
      • Cheryll Sia
        PhD Student
      • Emily Sotheran
        PhD Student
      • Sigrid Lange
        PhD Student
      • Yi Nong
        PhD Student
      • Darren Lee Yeu Jyn
        Honours Student/Research Assistant
      • Mona Lisa Taouk
        Honours Student