Dr Maggie Hardy

Senior Postdoctoral Research Fellow (Institute for Molecular Bioscience)
The University of Queensland
Affiliated Research Fellow (Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation)
The University of Queensland
Brisbane, QLD, Australia


Biotechnology, entomology, sustainable agriculture, venoms, spiders, science engagement, science policy, gender equity, women in STEM.

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I have been interviewed on Channel 9's Today Show (30 November 2010) and made contributions to 7 News (Queensland), Totally Wild, Scope, and The Discovery Channel (USA and Canada). My research has been featured in the Sunday Mail Brisbane and on ABC Radio. I have written for The Conversation and the Courier Mail, and am one of ABC Radio 612's 2015 Community Correspondents, representing Brisbane's research community.

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Originally from Boston, Dr Maggie Hardy is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at The University of Queensland Institute for Molecular Bioscience in Australia.

She is internationally recognized for her work in sustainable agriculture and insecticide toxicology.

Dr Hardy earned her MSc in Entomology from the University of Hawaii in 2007, where her work focused on the toxicity of boron compounds in subterranean termites.

Dr Hardy earned her PhD in Chemistry and Structural Biology from The University of Queensland in 2011, where her research program centered on discovering novel, environmentally friendly, orally active insecticides from the venom of native Australian spiders.

In addition to her research interests, developing science policy and science engagement are Dr Hardy's goals.

Dr Hardy is also a wife and mother.

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Last updated: 01 Dec 2015