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Dr Mary Petrone – Health and life sciences

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From the United States

“I think Australia is in a strong global position as a gateway to the Asia-Pacific and its concerted effort to attract skilled individuals from all over the world. For these reasons, I believe the future of Australian research will be highly innovative, and I want to be a part of that.”

Dr Mary Petrone’s PhD research at the Yale School of Public Health focused on investigating the genomic epidemiology of emerging RNA viruses, including the novel coronavirus SARS-CoV-2. During the COVID-19 pandemic she contributed to the development of a low-cost saliva-based COVID diagnostic test and was also involved in developing the infrastructure to perform large-scale genomic epidemiology of SARS-CoV-2 in New Haven, Connecticut.

Before going to Yale, Dr Petrone received a two-year Post-Baccalaureate Research Training Award through the National Institutes of Health, where she worked in Dr Anthony Fauci's laboratory and studied the efficacy of experimental functional cures for HIV.

In Australia, Dr Petrone is a postdoctoral research associate at the University of Sydney, where she is using metagenomic sequencing to discover highly divergent RNA viruses in marine invertebrates.

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