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Candice grew up on Gubbi Gubbi / Kubbi Kubbi land, in Caloundra. She moved to Brisbane to study at UQ and graduated with a Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Molecular Biology. She then moved to Mondulkiri, Cambodia to participate in the development of new seed storage technologies for this region. After a dengue fever infection, Candice returned to Australia and began a PhD in Plant Molecular Biology. During her PhD Candice investigated molecular networks that enable legumes to respond to abiotic stresses. Candice now works at the CSIRO BioFoundry where she supports internal and external clients to develop new biotechnology using automation and high-throughput synthetic biology approaches.

Academic Qualifications

  • 2022

    Doctor of Philosophy
    The University of Queensland

  • 2015

    Bachelor of Science (Honours Class I)
    The University of Queensland

Achievements and Awards

  • 2021-2021

    Career Development Scholarship Extension
    The University of Queensland

  • 2017-2020

    PhD Research Training Program Scholarship
    Department of Education and Training, Australian Government

  • 2019-2021

    Young Science Ambassador Award
    Wonder of Science

  • 2019-2019

    First National Real Estate Leadership Award Finalist
    Seven News Young Achiever Awards

  • 2018-201

    Three Minute Thesis - 1st place
    McDonnell International Scholars Academy

  • 2015-2015

    Dean’s Commendation for Academic Excellence
    Faculty of Science, The University of Queensland

  • 2015-2015

    Undergraduate Honours Scholarship
    Grains Research and Development Corporation

  • 2015-2015

    Moggill Markets Honours Research Prize
    School of Agriculture and Food Science, The University of Queensland

Professional Experiences

  • 2021-2021

    Technical Officer
    School of Agriculture and Food Science, The University of Queensland

  • 2017-2021

    Plant and Molecular Biology Tutor
    The University of Queensland

  • 2017-2022

    PhD Candidate
    Integrative Legume Research Group, The University of Queensland

  • 2016-2016

    Research Assistant
    Mondulkiri Agricultural Resource Centre, Cambodia