Marie completed a Bachelor degree specialising in genetics at UNSW Sydney, graduating with first class honours. She was awarded a PhD for her research into the effect of genetic variation at the immunoglobulin gene loci on biases in the generation of the human primary antibody repertoire. In the course of her studies, Marie received numerous awards including a University Medal (UNSW Sydney), a place on the Faculty of Science Dean’s List for Academic Excellence (UNSW Sydney), Best Performance in Molecular Biology of Proteins (UNSW Sydney), Best Honours Thesis in a Molecular Biology or Genetics major (UNSW Sydney), a UNSW Research Excellence Award (UNSW Sydney) and a place on the Dean’s Merit List for Outstanding Academic Merit in Law (UTS, Sydney).
In addition to her strong background in antibody research, Marie also has experience in bioinformatics, high-throughput sequencing, and a range of analytical techniques including fluorescence-activated cell sorting, RT-qPCR, SDS-PAGE, liquid chromatography and mass spectrometry. Marie’s work has been published in several peer-reviewed journals including the Journal of Immunology and she has presented at a number of local and international conferences such as the Australian and New Zealand Society for Immunology Annual Conference and Biology of B Cell Responses at Keystone, USA. Marie also has experience designing and teaching courses at UNSW Sydney in Biotechnology, Immunology, Genetics, Microbiology, Biochemistry, Molecular Biology and in the Medicine program.
Marie joined Spruson & Ferguson’s Chemical/Life Sciences team in 2019. Since then she has prosecuted over 1,000 Australian and New Zealand patent applications for local and international clients, primarily in the fields of biotechnology, immunology, molecular biology, microbiology and pharmaceuticals. Marie is responsible for a large portfolio of local and foreign patent applications, in which she assists local clients with managing patent protection in jurisdictions such as the United States, Europe, Canada, Brazil, Argentina, China and Japan. Marie has drafted provisional and PCT applications in a diverse range of fields including protein analysis, neuronal stimulation, methods of medical treatment, alloreactivity, electrochemical biosensors and transgenic plants.
Marie is a Registered Australian and New Zealand Patent Attorney and Australian Trade Mark Attorney.