Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia
I have a keen interest in plant physiology and biochemistry. I started my science journey by studying plant viruses and the complex interplay that takes place between phytopathogens and their hosts. I completed a PhD on the involvement of 20S proteasome in plant defence mechanisms, characterising for the first time active sites of 20S proteasome-associated RNase activity.
After my PhD, I went on to focus more on plant physiology and ways to improve crop yield. I first worked at CSIRO on the biochemistry of reserve starch metabolism and its roles in cereal physiology. I developed new methods to identify, localize and quantify starch degradation-related enzymes in vivo.
I then moved to the Australian National University. My current postdoctoral research focuses on the incorporation of cyanobacterial transporters into plant chloroplasts for the enhancement of photosynthesis, as part of the Realizing Increased Photosynthesis Efficiency (RIPE) network funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates foundation and the ARC Centre of Excellence for Translational Photosynthesis.
My science communication and advocacy efforts mainly focus on diversity and gender equity in science, by giving positive examples and role models to underserved groups. I am the founder of The League of Remarkable Women in Science, an interview project featuring female scientists from all over the globe and from very different backgrounds. My work also includes the organisation of exhibitions, discussion forums, peer-network groups and mentoring.
PhD Plant Physiology, University of Bordeaux, France (2009)
MS Plant Physiology and Pathology, University of Montpellier, France (2005)
BSc Plant Physiology, University of Reunion, Reunion Island (2004)