Llara spent many years working in research labs at ANU and CSIRO where she worked her way up from research assistant to lab manager, a position she has held at the University of Canberra for the last 4 years. Llara manages several laboratories including the Wildlife Genetics, Freshwater Ecology, Epigenomics and Trace DNA labs and is the first point of contact for staff and students with lab-related issues.
An important part of Llara’s responsibilities is ensuring the labs are compliant with regards to safety and that the lab users are conducting their research with minimal risk to themselves and others. Additionally, Llara organises and facilitates the weekly meetings where researchers present and discuss their work, manages the procurement and finances and, generally acts as the go-to person across a variety of areas. Llara also ensures we also have fun social events amongst all the hard work and her musician skills come to the fore.