The Ferrari Lab
The Ferrari lab is a single cell microbiology lab based out of UNSW's school of Biotechnology and Biomolecular Sciences, focusing on innovative cultivation techniques, next generation genetic sequencing and the microbial ecology of Antarctic and sub-Antarctic soil.
Dr Belinda Ferrari
School of Biotechnology and Biomolecular Sciences
Belinda is an Associate Professor in the School of Biotechnology and Biomolecular Sciences (BABS) and coordinator of a second year biotechnology course. Belinda is a member of the BABS Executive Committee and is leading the Schools Industry, Outreach and Marketing Committee whose aim is to broaden BABS Industry engagement. Prior to the commencement of her academic career at UNSW Australia in 2008, she worked as a program leader in the CRC for Environmental Biotechnology as well as coordinating a microbiology course at Macquarie University.
Belinda’s current research is focused at understanding the microbial diversity and functioning of microbes in the frozen soils of Antarctica. This includes a growing interest in the bioremediation of Antarctic soils, that is, assessing the application microbes as indicators of soil health. Through her research she is working closely with the Australian Antarctic Division towards understanding soil toxicity towards microbes in cold regions.
In 2015 Belinda was awarded one of three “Outstanding excellence in postgraduate research supervision awards” at UNSW. Belinda is currently leading the development of an online teaching resource that will allow students to gain hands-on experience with flow cytometry; a powerful technology used widely in the biomedical field. She teaches to both biotechnology and microbiology students about current trends in the Australian biotechnology sector, with a major focus on environmental biotechnology and state-of-the art technology.