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Australia has long had a reputation for its high quality microbiology research. Naturally a large volume of that research is produced in our Go8 universities based in the big cities, and so often the smaller rural and regional universities are overlooked or forgotten. I thought I’d take some time and talk to an honour student from the University of New England (UNE), Armidale (NSW Northern Tablelands) to showcase some of the research being undertaken in the “bush.” It’s the country, so naturally I grabbed a tea and baked treat in the UNE Booloominbah Homestead and chatted with Toni Petronaitis: microbiology and cake-making* extraordinaire! (*I eagerly await the day Toni is on “cake day” duties for our department, she makes *amazing* cakes).
I was recently fortunate enough to sit down and chat with two ASM members who were pivotal in developing my passion for microbiology: University of New England Associate Professor Lily Pereg and former Head of Microbiology at Southern IML Pathology, Ms. Anda Clayton. This first blog will focus on the career of A/Prof. Pereg who has established herself as a well-respected research scientist in the field of microbiology and lectures in both Biochemistry and Microbiology (and I must add, she has been one of my all-time favourite educators!). I’m sure her experiences along with those of Anda Clayton (in the next blog) will demonstrate the diversity of careers that exist in microbiology, encourage more people to join this exciting field, and overall, I hope they inspire you as much they have me!