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Rachel completed a Bachelor of Science degree (Biochemistry) at Charles Darwin University (CDU). She then achieved Honours at CDU researching the banana pathogen Fusarium oxysporum f. sp. cubense ‘tropical' race 4 (Foc TR4). This is a plant pathogen which is not found elsewhere in Australia, only in the Northern Territory and is of great importance to one of Australia's most significant crops; bananas.  


Rachel worked for the NT Department of Primary Industry, Fisheries and Mines (DPIFM) once she completed her undergraduate studies. She is now based with NT DPIFM and enrolled through the University of Queensland (UQ).


Rachel chose to study for a PhD through the CRCNPB as it enables her to increase the knowledge about a plant pathogen that has an effect on Australia's biosecurity with possible international implications.