Introducing the USQ Presenters

Prof Lindsay Brown

Professor of Biomedical Sciences

University of Southern Queensland

Born in Toowoomba, grew up on a farm near Warwick, studied Pharmacy at The University of Queensland (UQ), PhD at the University of Sydney, post-doctoral experience in Munich, then teaching and research at The University of Queensland (UQ).

The research group of Professor Lindsay Brown at USQ looks at the effectiveness of foods to counter the changes in diet-induced obesity. In particular, we show that foods with anti-inflammatory effects reverse organ damage due to obesity, diabetes and high blood pressure. Most of these foods can be grown on the Darling Downs.


Dr Alison McCarthy

Research Fellow (Mechatronic and Irrigation Engineering)

National Centre for Engineering in Agriculture (NCEA)

Dr Alison McCarthy is a research engineer at the University of Southern Queensland’s National Centre for Engineering in Agriculture developing robotic systems to improve productivity for agriculture. She researches how to use automation to sense soil and crops, determine irrigation requirement and then automatically apply the irrigation requirement. She is currently working on cotton, dairy pasture, sugarcane and horticulture irrigation systems in Queensland, New South Wales, Tasmania and New Zealand.

Cristy Houghton

Embarketing, 48 Johnston Street, Wagga Wagga, NSW, 2650

Cristy's unique career has taken her from country NSW to the city lights of Clarendon Street South Melbourne and back again. With an early career in radio as a copywriter and creative strategist, she is now a Jill of all trades as a graphic designer, website builder, blog writer, video editor, social media manager, marketing strategist and more. 

In fact, give her any task and this chick will figure out how to do it! Go on, we dare you!

No, really, we DARE you!!

Cristy has won two Australian Commercial Radio Awards (ACRAs) for Best Ad and Best Sales Promotion, and even has an 'Employee of the Year' certificate with her name on it.

Cristy and her husband James have traveled extensively through Russia, China and South East Asia, and have two fur-babies, Sooty (cat) and Panda (puppy). Cristy loves drinking coffee, meeting people to drink coffee, coffee tasting and coffee flavoured cocktails. She also enjoys road trips, TED Talks and watching cat videos on youtube.