Andrea obtaied her PhD in Microbiology and Parasitology from the University of Queensland, Australia in 1999. Since then she has worked extensively as a research scientist in the USA (Virginia Tech) and Australia (Queensland Institute of Technology, University of New England and Charles Sturt University). Andrea is currently the Sub-Dean for learning and Teaching for the Faculty of Science at Charles Sturt University, Australia. Her teaching areas of specialization are microbiology, parasitology, molecular biology and forensic science. Her current research interests include the microbial and social realities of water quality ad student uptake and perceptions of the inclusion of advanced teaching tools. Andrea won the 2009 Teaching With Sakai Innovation Award for her work on the use of technology to teach forensic science.