Dr Simone Reynolds is an Aboriginal women who descends from the the Kalkadoon nation of North Queensland and the Koiari tribe of central Papua New Guinea.
Dr Reynolds is a Research Fellow in the Laboratory for Vaccines for the Developing World at Griffith University, and is working on the development of a vaccine against the bacterial pathogen Streptococcus pyogenes which plays a critical role in the development of rheumatic fever and rheumatic heart disease.
Simone is an emerging leader in Indigenous health and one of the few Indigenous biomedical scientists in Australia. She holds a BSc Hons degree in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from Griffith University and a PhD from The University of Queensland. Simone serves on the Governance Board of NCIG.
In addition to her research Simone is involved in activities aimed at attracting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders to medical research. She has also consulted on both NHMRC and Lowitja Institute committees that aim to build Indigenous biomedical researcher capacity.