Lynette completed her PhD on the immunology of malaria infection at the Queensland Institute of Medical Research. She then moved to the University of York in the UK where her research focussed on Leishmaniasis and the mechanisms of control of infection in the liver, with a particular focus on the biology of liver macrophages. In 2015, Lynette relocated to QIMR-Berghofer in Brisbane and then in 2017 to the Doherty Institute where she now runs an independent team within the laboratory of Professor William Heath. Lynette's research currently focusses on the immune response to the liver stage of Plasmodium infection.
Lynette has made significant contributions to the understanding of how the host responds to pathogens in the liver. She has more than 40 publications, with some in the top journals for her field including Science, Immunity, Science Immunology and Cell Host and Microbe. She has won multiple major grants as CIA and currently holds grants from both the NH&MRC and the ARC. She was awarded the MJ Gething gender equity award in 2019 and 2021 and is an academic editor with PLOoS One and an editorial review board member for Frontiers in Immunology. Lynette is one of the Doherty representatives on the executive committee for the Women In Science in the Parkville Precinct (WiSPP).