Dr Elizabeth Ross undertook her PhD through La Trobe University in Melbourne hosted within the Department of Primary Industries, and supervised by Professor Ben Hayes and Professor Ben Cocks. This work involved developing new approaches for characterising the rumen microbiome using untargeted “shotgun” high throughput sequencing. Her research involved developing the method of Metagenomic predictions, which uses whole metagenome wide markers to predict the host phenotype. After a short Post Doc on RNA sequencing in chickpea at the University of Melbourne, Elizabeth moved out of academia for two years before moving to Queensland to join the Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation at the University of Queensland. Currently Dr Ross is involved in research projects including the assembly of a platinum quality reference genome, the transcriptional analysis of Brahman datasets, developing new tools and approaches for long read sequencing and many others.

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