Dr Melinda Ashcroft

Research Fellow (Climate Change)

Greenslopes Clinical Unit
Faculty of Medicine


Dr Melinda Ashcroft is a Research Fellow on Infectious Disease Epidemiology (Climate Change) in the Faculty of Medicine at The University of Queensland (UQ). Her current research focus is on Nontuberculous mycobacteria (NTM) and how NTM infections are associated with climate change and major weather events. Previously Melinda has worked at Monash University as a Research Fellow on the Sero-epidemiology of Klebsiella spp., at the University of Melbourne as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow on the Genomic Epidemiology of Neisseria gonorrhoeae and as a Research Associate at UQ on the genomics and epigenomics of extraintestinal pathogenic Escherichia coli. Melinda was awarded a Bachelor of Applied Science (Biotechnology/Biochemistry) in 2004 from Queensland University of Technology and a Master of Biotechnology in 2013 from UQ. She then switched fields to Microbial Genomics and was awarded a PhD from UQ in 2019 for her thesis: Evolution and function of mobile genetic elements and DNA methyltransferases in extraintestinal pathogenic Escherichia coli.


  • Member, Australian Society for Microbiology, Australian Society for Microbiology
  • Member, Australian Bioinformatics and Computational Biology Society, Australian Bioinformatics and Computational Biology Society
  • Member, American Society for Microbiology, American Society for Microbiology
  • Doctor of Philosophy of Microbiology, The University of Queensland
  • Masters (Coursework) of Biotechnology, The University of Queensland
  • Bachelor of Applied Science, Queensland University of Technology


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