Donna graduated from The University of Newcastle with a first class (1A) Honours Degree in Biotechnology.
She then worked within The University of Newcastle as a Research Assistant in molecular biology, studying the role and subcellular location of transcription and elongation factors in the model gram positive bacteria, B. subtilis.
She later transferred to the School of Biomedical Sciences and Pharmacy where she worked as a Research Assistant investigating the molecular pathways of asthma and respiratory disease with a focus on the role of T cells and granulocytes and signaling by cytokines, chemokines and miRNA pertinent to regulating allergic inflammatory responses.
Donna also spent some time abroad in 2009, working as a Research Assistant at the University of Ulm, Germany where she conducted clinical research in cardiology and also has in‑house experience working in the QA/QC and R&D teams at an Australian veterinary pharmaceutical manufacturer.
In 2010 Donna completed the Master of Industrial Property (MIP) through the University of Technology, Sydney after which she worked as an In‑House IP Assistant at the Sydney branch of one of the world’s top 10 pharmaceutical companies.
Donna commenced work with Wrays at the Sydney office in 2013 and registered as a Patent and Trade Marks Attorney in 2014.