Maja has a Bachelor of Science with First Class Honours and the University Medal from Griffith University. She works in the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources, and volunteers in alpine vegetation research. She helped found the online magazine North. Maja's research into plants will contribute to development of new crop varieties to address food security. Maja has worked with the WWF and the university initiative, Green Steps, and attended the International Youth Leadership Conference in Prague in 2015. After her PhD, she will pursue a career improving crop yields and providing policy advice on Australian agriculture.