I am a neuroscientist studying my PhD at the Queensland Brain Institute (QBI), The University of Queensland. A key interest of my work is the mystery of general anaesthesia which utilise vital medical drugs that allow for painless and seamless surgical procedures to take place. Despite being used for a little over 180 years, our understanding of how these drugs work is not completely known.
Our work has shown that these drugs do a lot more than just 'put you to sleep' as we're usually told. The ability of neurons to talk to each other, known as synaptic transmission, is impaired and causes our brains to become disconnected to the outside world - effectively reducing our ability to process sensory information.
My research career began back in 2015, when I joined the Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute in Darlinghurst, NSW as a research volunteer studying the electrical basis of cardiac arrhythmia and sudden cardiac death. Since then, I became highly passionate about basic science research and pushing our current understanding of science.