BSc (Hons). PhD
Louise graduated from Trinity College Dublin with a BSc (Hons) in Microbiology. On arrival in Australia she commenced work at St. Vincent's Hospital in Sydney and worked for many years in the HIV neurological research group under the guidance of Professor Bruce Brew. Their particular interest was in the pathogenesis of HIV associated dementia. Louise's PhD at St. Vincent's Hospital investigated the molecular mechanisms involved in the pathogenesis of HIV associated dementia. This research has been recognised on an international level and much of the work has been presented at international HIV conferences. Louise moved to Albury in 2011 with a keen interest in teaching and has been employed by Charles Sturt University since.
Louise has been teaching for the Biomedical Sciences program at CSU since 2011. Prior to this she worked at St. Vincent's Hospital in Sydney. This position involved the education of many students and employees in virological and immunological methods. Of particular importance was safe laboratory practice in a high containment HIV laboratory.
Louise's main research interests have been neurological complications of viral infection. In particular, the effect of different HIV strains on the production of the neurotoxin, Quinolinic acid. Other research interests have included the investigation of clinical markers for the diagnosis of HIV associated dementia. Since commencing employment at CSU Louise has been involved with studies investigating the chronic complications associated with Diabetes.