Melanie Thomson



Macclesfield Primary School (1980-1986), St Margaret’s School, Berwick (1987-1990), Olfcha Comprehensive School, Wales, UK (1990-1991), Caulfield Grammar School (1991-1993)


University of Melbourne (1995-1998), University of York, UK (2003-2009)

Work History:

Great ormond St Hospital in the UK, Cancer Research UK, University of York in the UK, Leeds Institute of Molecular Medicine in the UK, Deakin Medical School, Geelong


Deakin Medical School

Current Job:

Lectuere in Molecular Medicine

Me and my work

Stuff with Stinky bacteria from your gut and skin!

My Typical Day

Some desk work, Teaching Uni students about Biomedical science and doing stuff with stinky microbes!!

What I'd do with the money

My Interview

How would you describe yourself in 3 words?

Who is your favourite singer or band?

Foo Fighters

What is the most fun thing you've done?

Racing with footy team coloured Live Maggots

If you had 3 wishes for yourself what would they be? - be honest!

To have endless money and time to do MORE SCIENCE!

What did you want to be after you left school?

A scientist!

Were you ever in trouble in at school?

Yes, for talking too much and distracting others in class!

What's the best thing you've done as a scientist?

I worked on the first mouse model to cure peanut allergy in 2000. The things we learned from the animals led to one of the treatment of children with this allergy

Tell us a joke.

Why did the gut bacteria lie down? He was feeling a little flushed.

Sports followed

AFL, International Rugby Union, Cricket

Favourite team

North Melbourne Kangaroos