Advance Queensland Research Fellow, The University of Queensland

My research focusses on the neurochemical control of behaviour, particularly that involved in psychosis, schizophrenia and addiction. Through the investigation of developing dopamine pathways in experimental animal models my work aims to understand the abnormal circuitry in human neuropsychiatric disorders. Animal models provide an avenue to explore function and neurodevelopment using techniques that cannot be used in human subjects. However, interacting directly with clinicians and performing translational studies are key to putting these facts into context. As an Advance Queensland Research Fellow I work closely with clinical researchers focussed on the daunting task of understanding, identifying and treating early psychosis. This cross-disciplinary research collaboration continues to pursue better outcomes for people suffering from mental illness.

Experience

  • 2016–present
    Advance Queensland Research Fellow, The University of Queensland
  • 2011–2015
    Research fellow, The University of California San Diego

Education

  • 2010 
    The University of Queensland, PhD (Neuroscience)
  • 2004 
    The University of Queensland, BSc (Hons)

Grants and Contracts

  • 2018
    Dopamine neuron ontogeny: convergent neurobiological pathway for risk factors of schizophrenia
    Role:
    CIA
    Funding Source:
    National Health and Medical Research Council
  • 2017
    Psychosis and goal-directed action in schizophrenia: the role of dopamine in the associative striatum
    Role:
    CI
    Funding Source:
    The University of Queensland
  • 2017
    Understanding early dopamine function in schizophrenia
    Role:
    CI
    Funding Source:
    RL Cooper Medical Research Foundation Limited
  • 2016
    Establishing therapeutic links between early dopamine function and schizophrenia
    Role:
    Fellow
    Funding Source:
    Queensland Government