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Dr Leigh Walker is an NHMRC Emerging Leader Fellow at The Florey. Leigh completed their undergraduate and honours degree at Victoria University of Wellington (New Zealand) before moving to Australia to undertake a PhD in Neuroscience at the University of Melbourne.

Leigh’s research investigates the neurobiology of anxiety and alcohol use disorders. She is particularly interested in sex differences. To assess this, Leigh leverages various genetic, physiological, neuroanatomical, viral, and pharmacological approaches in rodent animal models to monitor, manipulate, and map the neural circuits, synapses, and signalling mechanisms that drive complex behaviours. She has been awarded University of Melbourne ECR, Brockhoff Foundation, ARC and NHMRC research funding to pursue her research.