Dr Linda Weaving has an undergraduate degree in biology from Macquarie University, Honours in the molecular genetics of rock wallabies, and a PhD in human genetics from the Faculty of Medicine, University of Sydney (1999-2004). Overall, she has nearly 25 years’ experience in molecular biology. As a PhD student, Linda held a scholarship from the Rett Syndrome Association of Australia. She also won five separate prizes for best oral presentation at various meetings, as well as the Young Investigator Award from the Royal Alexandra Hospital for Children. As a postdoctoral scientist, Linda held a Postdoctoral Fellowship Award from the Foundation Fighting Blindness, Canada, and a NH&MRC CJ Martin Fellowship. She was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Hospital for Sick Children (Sickkids) in Toronto, Canada, and at the CMRI, Westmead. Her research experience has been diverse, encompassing epigenetics, human genetics and disease, X-inactivation, disease gene discovery, genetic regulation, and developmental biology.
In 2010, Linda made the switch from research to pathology, starting as a Hospital Scientist at Royal North Shore Hospital, working in Molecular Haematology. Then, in 2011, she joined Birling Avian Laboratories as a Research Scientist. In both of these roles, Linda has been responsible for both routine testing, and molecular R&D.
Birling Avian Laboratories is a food safety and veterinary pathology laboratory, servicing the poultry industry throughout Australia. However, part of Linda's role is to expand our range of testing, so she has branched out into other fields, recently introducing food authenticity testing, and GMO detection tests. Over the past five years, Linda has been carrying out method validations, commercial kit comparisons and validation, DNA extraction method development and validation, automation, efficiency improvements, NATA accreditation conformance, and new test development using methods such as PCR-RFLP for viral typing, qPCRs for viral load quantification, qPCRs for identification and speciation of pathogens, and RT-qPCR-HRM for RNA viral detection and typing.
Birling Avian Laboratories are currently embarking on a project developing a method for bacterial typing using NGS, in partnership with Life Technologies/Thermo Fisher.
Linda will be speaking on:
"Detection and Speciation of Eimeria (coccidiosis) using qPCR"