Dr Maggie Hardy

UQ Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Institute for Molecular Bioscience

Affiliated Research Fellow

Centre for Animal Science
Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation
+61 7 334 62018


An internationally-recognized leader in her field, Dr Maggie Hardy is a biochemist and science communicator with a broad range of research interests and substantial expertise in science policy. In 2015, she was elected as a Fellow of the Royal Entomological Society in the United Kingdom. Dr Hardy serves on the Executive Board for the International Branch of the Entomological Society of America, is a Director for the nonprofit Tech Girls Movement Foundation, and is on the Executive Advisory Board of the Australian nonprofit Bravehearts. Her research program is focused on the discovery and characterization of novel insecticides from the venom of Australian spiders. Dr Hardy was selected as one of the Advance Queensland Community Digital Champions for her work in digital inclusion and science communication. She is an advocate for equity and diversity in higher education and careers in research, and has a particular interest in open access discovery programs. In addition to her research, Dr Hardy is a wife and mother. You can connect with her on Twitter @DrMaggieHardy.

Research Impacts

Dr Hardy's research program is focused on insecticide discovery, with particular emphasis on compounds that could be used for biosecurity and in sustainable agriculture; patents have been filed protecting the intellectual property created during the course of her research.

Bringing science to the public is one of Dr Hardy's passions. As a PhD student at the IMB, she founded the IMB Science Ambassador Program to train early career researchers in speaking to the public, to the media, and to funders. In 2008, she was selected as one of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering’s Young Science Ambassadors, where Dr Hardy spoke to high school students and stakeholders in Outback Queensland, and as one of the Queensland Government’s Talking Scientists, for which she spoke to community groups statewide and was an invited speaker at the 2009 Queensland Parliament’s Science in Parliament. She has served on the Executive Board of the Australian Early- and Mid-Career Researcher Forum (2013–2016), an initiative of the Australian Academy of Science, and in 2014 was named one of The Analytical Scientist's "Top 40 Under 40."


  • Master of Science in Entomology, University of Hawaii
  • Doctor of Philosophy, The University of Queensland


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