Marianne has a Bachelor of Biological Science majoring in Microbiology and Biochemistry from La Trobe University with Honours. At the University of Calgary, she specialises in energy bioengineering and photobioreactor technology. Her particular focus is on developing systems which harness the versatility of microorganisms to create sustainable closed loop processes. Currently she works as part of a team scaling up algal cultivation to produce new bioproducts. Marianne believes that effective science communication and engagement are critical to inspiring our next generation of scientists, especially young women who are underrepresented in STEM fields. Marianne has addressed this concern as founder and president of the La Trobe University Microbiology Society and as a Science Communicator, running both high school and primary school based programs. Marianne plans to work at the intersection of industry and academia.
Studio 10 morning show (live TV appearance) - interview about research and scholarship,
Sky news (Live TV) - interview for the Change Maker's segment,
ABC Central Victoria (Radio and Online pre-recorded),
Slice of Science series - YouTube videos (4) for classroom education produced by the Origin Foundation,
Win news segment (pre-recorded),
Shepparton News (newspaper print article),
Nagambie Community Voice (newspaper print article).