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Postdoctoral research officer , The Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology, The University of Queensland

Diana Lucia is a neuroscientist and PhD candidate at the University of Queensland. Her research is multidisciplinary - focusing in developmental neuroscience and in neurodegenerative disease, with a particular focus in Motor Neurone Disease.

Diana's PhD research aims to understand the impact of maternal alcohol consumption around conception on the developing brain and later life cognition in offspring. Her work in Motor Neurone Disease aims to understand the widespread changes in the brain that contribute to faster disease progression.

Along with research, she is a science communicator on the radio, in print and through science talks. She is a regular podcast contributor on the ABC science radio program "Ockham's Razor", a freelance science writer - with her articles appearing in Australia's Skeptics Magazine, The Conversation and Lateral Magazine.

She was a semi finalist in the National science communication competition "Fame Lab" and has given a range of talks as part of National Science Week, World Science Festival and other science events.


  • 2014–present
    PhD candidate, University of Queensland


  • 2012 
    University of Queensland, Bachelor of Science (Honours)
  • 2011 
    University of Queensland, Bachelor of Science (Biomedical Science)