Stephanie completed her PhD in 2016 in the Research Centre for Infectious Diseases at The University of Adelaide. After working as a post-doctoral researcher in A/Prof Christopher McDevitt’s lab, she was awarded an NHMRC Peter Doherty Early Career Fellowship in 2018. This fellowship investgates the role of the essential metal ion zinc in the viability and virulence of the global bacterial pathogen, Streptococcus pneumoniae. In late 2018, Stephanie relocated to the Department of Microbiology and Immunology in the Peter Doherty Institute to continue her research in the chemical biology of bacterial pathogens.
Stephanie has been investigating the chemical biology of bacterial pathogens since 2013. In this time, she been awarded multiple national fellowships including the Barbara Hale Fellowship (2015), the ASBMB Fellowship (2017) and a NHMRC Peter Doherty Early Career Fellowship (2018). Upon completion of her PhD, she was also awarded a Dean’s Commendation for Thesis Excellence and the University Doctoral Medal. Stephanie has authored multiple, peer-reviewed publications investigating the roles of metal ions in the viability and virulence of numerous bacterial pathogens, with a current focus on the major human pathogen, Streptococcus pneumoniae.
The McDevitt groups research investigates the interaction of pathogenic bacteria, e.g. Streptococcus pneumoniae, with the host environment with a particular focus on the role of metal ions. To understand the chemical biology of these interactions, we use state-of-the-art microbiology, biochemical and biophysical approaches.