Michelle Bootcov

Michelle Bootcov

PhD Candidate
Arts, Design & Architecture
School of Humanities & Languages

Supervisors: Alison Bashford, Nicolas Rasmussen

Michelle Bootcov’s PhD research is on viral hepatitis and its late 20th century role in the transformation of viral diagnostics, the blood industry and public health.

Michelle has a background in science and history. She completed a BSc (Hons) in molecular biology in 1986 (Wits University, South Africa). In her PhD in molecular immunology (St Vincent’s Hospital and UNSW, 1994) she discovered a cytokine, MIC-1, which is also known as GDF-15. The bioinformatics she used in that research diverted her to corporate technology for two decades before she returned to UNSW to study the humanities, completing a BA (Hons) in History in 2018.

History of medical science