14 August 2019
Holly has worked as a scientist in the United States and Australia. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Biology and Chemistry from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, a Master of Science in Marine Biology from the University of North Carolina, Wilmington and a PhD from Georgia State University in Neuroscience. While in the US, Holly conducted extensive research on several aquatic species (fish, crabs, and lobsters). She has published over 40 scientific articles and book chapters. Holly relocated from the US to Australia and worked in biomedical research from 2001-2015, first at the Walter and Elisa Hall Institute and then at the Florey Neuroscience Institute and the Department of Anatomy and Neuroscience at the University of Melbourne. Holly spent the last 10 years of this time as the Head of the Myelin Repair Laboratory within the Multiple Sclerosis Research Group at the University of Melbourne where her lab was funded through government, philanthropic and commercial contractual agreements. Holly continues her support of Multiple Sclerosis Research as a member of the MS Angels and by serving as an ad hoc reviewer of biomedical research articles and grant proposals. Holly also holds honorary positions as Senior Research Fellow at the Florey Neuroscience Institute and Senior Research Fellow in the Department of Anatomy and Neuroscience, Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences, University of Melbourne.
Holly has been the Research and Development Manager at Mainstream Aquaculture since 2015. She is responsible for developing R&D strategy and managing and reporting on experimental programs, which are designed to use applied science to maximise commercial productivity and profitability.