ARC DECRA Research Fellow, The University of Queensland

I am a Biologist, with extensive post-graduate training in advanced Neurosciences, from molecular to electrophysiology and psychology. I have > 10 years experience teaching Neuroscience, from postgraduate (PhD, MPhil) to primary/high-school students. I did my PhD thesis (2009) in the evolution of olfactory and pheromonal systems, and their neuroanatomical correlates with ecological adaptations.
My current research explores the role of early neural activity in the formation of brain circuits. I focus on formation of left-right cortical connections and study the endogenous and environmental perturbations to this process using mice as animal models. Additionally, I study brain evolution and development by using an Australian marsupial model of brain development, which allows extensive developmental monitoring of cortical wiring in pouch. The cerebral hemispheres in marsupials interconnect via a different route to mice and humans. This make marsupials good experimental models for a number of neurodevelopmental brain wiring defects in humans.

Experience

  • 2019–present
    UQ Amplify Research Fellow, The University of Queensland
  • 2016–2019
    ARC DECRA Fellow, The University of Queensland
  • 2011–2015
    Postdoctoral research fellow, The University of Queensland

Education

  • 2010 
    University of Chile, PhD in Biomedical Sciences- Neuroscience
  • 2003 
    University of Chile, Bachelor of Science- Biology