Melissa joined QCIF in September 2020 as the Training and Communications Officer for the Australian BioCommons. This is a joint appointment with the University of Queensland’s Research Computing Centre (RCC).  

In this role Melissa works with a national network of bioinformatics experts and trainers to design, develop and organise bioinformatics-focused webinars and workshops. She joined the team from the European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI) in Cambridge, UK, where she worked as a Scientific Training Officer managing the day-to-day running of EMBL-EBI’s bioinformatics e-learning program..   

A molecular parasitologist by training, Melissa applies her scientific expertise to connect biologists with the bioinformatics training they need.  

Research Interests 

  • Bioinformatics training 
  • Learning design 
  • Online learning 


  • PhD, Molecular Parasitology, University of Queensland, 2010 
  • PGCert Learning Technologies, University of Leicester (UK), 2019  
  • MSc Clinical Microbiology, Griffith University, 2005 
  • Bachelor Biomedical Science, Griffith University, 2004