Higher Degree by Research 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 (www.singaustralia.org).
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 (www.collageadelaide.com).
Date Position Institution name 2018 Research Assistant Summer Internship for Indigenous Peoples in Genomics (SING) Australia 2017 - 2018 Casual manuscript preparation University of Adelaide 2017 - 2019 Writing Mentor University of Adelaide 2017 - 2017 Policy Intern Australian Indigenous Doctors Association (AIDA) 2017 - 2018 Tutor Flinders University
Language Competency English Can read, write, speak, understand spoken and peer review French Can read, write and understand spoken
Date Institution name Country Title 2018 - 2021 University of Adelaide Australia Doctor of Philosophy 2016 - 2016 University of Adelaide Australia Bachelor of Science (Honours) 2012 - 2015 University of Adelaide Australia Bachelor of Arts 2012 - 2015 University of Adelaide Australia Bachelor of Science
Year Citation 2021 Handsley-Davis, M., Kowal, E., Russell, L., & Weyrich, L. S. (2021). Researchers using environmental DNA must engage ethically with Indigenous communities. Nature Ecology and Evolution, 5(2), 146-148.
2020 Handsley-Davis, M., Jamieson, L., Kapellas, K., Hedges, J., & Weyrich, L. S. (2020). The role of the oral microbiota in chronic non-communicable disease and its relevance to the Indigenous health gap in Australia. BMC Oral Health, 20(1), 11 pages.
2019 Weyrich, L. S., Farrer, A. G., Eisenhofer, R., Arriola Martinez, L., Young, J., Selway, C. A., . . . Cooper, A. (2019). Laboratory contamination over time during low-biomass sample analysis. Molecular ecology resources, 19(4), 982-996.
DOI Scopus29 WoS27 Europe PMC15
— Handsley-Davis, M., Skelly, E., Johnson, N. W., Kapellas, K., Lalloo, R., Kroon, J., & Weyrich, L. S. (n.d.). Biocultural Drivers of Salivary Microbiota in Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children. Frontiers in Oral Health, 2.
Year Citation — Weyrich, L., Farrer, A., Philipona, R. E., Handsley-Davis, M., Martinez, L. A., Young, J., . . . Breen, J. (n.d.). Laboratory contamination over time during low-biomass sample analysis.
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