Matilda Handsley-Davis

Ms Matilda Handsley-Davis

Higher Degree by Research Candidate

PhD Candidate

School of Biological Sciences

Faculty of Sciences

Matilda is a PhD candidate at the University of Adelaide and the ARC Centre of Excellence for Australian Biodiversity and Heritage (CABAH), supervised by A/Prof. Laura Weyrich, Prof. Emma Kowal and Prof. Lisa Jamieson. Her research project is multidisciplinary, with a focus on understanding oral microbial communities (microbiomes) and oral health in Aboriginal Australians and Torres Strait Islanders, as well as the ethical implications of microbiome research for Indigenous peoples. Matilda is also a research assistant and member of the Organising Committee for Summer Internship for Indigenous Peoples in Genomics (SING) Australia (

Matilda was awarded a Westpac Future Leaders Scholarship for her PhD in 2018 and is an alumna of the Yale Interdisciplinary Center for Bioethics Sherwin B. Nuland Summer Institute in Bioethics. She is also an editor and contributor at Collage, an Adelaide-based arts and culture online publication (

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