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Leonie Kirszenblat

Postdoctoral research fellow, The University of Queensland

Dr Leonie Kirszenblat is a neuroscientist investigating the relationship between sleep and attention. She uses the fruit fly, Drosophila melanogaster, as a genetic model to understand fundamental processes that occur in the brain during sleep. Her research uses combination of techniques in genetics, microscopy, behaviour and brain imaging to understand how sleep alters the brain and its effects on attention. She is also interested in the evolution of sleep functions and how this relates to brain complexity in different animals.

Leonie currently holds a UQ Development fellowship to investigate "How sleep affects attention and brain plasticity".


  • 2016–present
    Associate research scientist, The University of Queensland
  • 2008–2011
    Assistant researcher, The University of Queensland


  • 2016 
    The University of Queensland, PhD in Neuroscience
  • 2007 
    The University of Melbourne, Honours in Genetics
  • 2006 
    The University of Melbourne, Bachelor of Arts / Bachelor of Science

Grants and Contracts

  • 2017
    UQ Development Fellowship
    Postdoctoral research fellow
    Funding Source:
    The University of Queensland