Dr Rochelle Soo

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Dr Rochelle Soo
Postdoctoral Fellow, Australian Centre for Ecogenomics, School of Chemistry and Molecular Biosciences

Rochelle Soo is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Australian Centre for Ecogenomics based at UQ studying the microorganisms that live in the gut of marsupials.

“The first paper I wrote was rejected by four journals before being accepted into the fifth. Despite the rejection I didn’t change my view and the paper caused quite a bit of controversy when it was published. Sometimes someone has to shake the tree to keep science moving forward.”

Originally from New Zealand, Rochelle studied Biomedical Science and Commerce and Admin at Victoria University in Wellington. When looking for a supervisor for her Masters a Professor at the University of Waikato was recommended to her. Despite not having funding to study hot spring microbiology, he had funding to study thermophilic soils in Mt Erebus, Antarctica. So, she packed up her life and moved across the country for what she describes as one of the most amazing experiences of her career.  

Rochelle has found balancing motherhood with her demanding career harder than she expected.

“After returning from maternity leave I was seeking casual part-time work so I could look after my son and work when I had time available but there are no casual postdoctoral positions so I had to accept a change in job title.”


BCA – Electronic Commerce and Marketing - Victoria University
BBMedSc – Human Genetics - Victoria University
MSc (1st class Honours) - University of Waikato
PhD - University of Queensland