I am an expert in the field of neuroendocrinology, with a research focus in neuronal and peripheral processes that control food intake, growth, reproduction, and metabolism. I have established extensive neuroendocrine/phenotyping and metabolic assessment methodologies at UQ, and have translated research findings from mouse models of motor neurone disease (MND) to assess the impact of altered metabolic demand in the progression of MND in patients.

I was awarded a PhD in August 2007 at the Centre for Neuroendocrinology (the University of Otago). In 2008 I relocated to Australia to care for my mother, whom had fronto-temporal dementia. It is at this time that I commenced work as a Postdoctoral Research Officer at UQ, and developed an interest to transition my research focus to aid those with neurodegenerative diseases. In 2012, I was appointed as a Senior Research Officer (Level B) and ResTeach affiliate Lecturer at then School of Biomedical Sciences (SBMS, UQ). In 2013, I was appointed as a Visiting Research Fellow at the Mayo Clinic (Rochester, Minnesota, USA). I hold a Joint Research Only position as a Senior Research Officer at UQCCR and SBMS. At UQCCR, I am assessing the impact of metabolic perturbations in the pathogenesis of neurodegenerative processes in MND patients. At SBMS, I use mouse models to define neuroendocrine and metabolic processes central to MND.

Researcher biography

Awarded a PhD in Anatomy and Neuroendocrinology from the Centre for Neuroendocrinology (University of Otago) in 2007, I relocated to Australia in 2008 and commenced work as a Postdoctoral Research Officer at UQ. I am currently conducting basic and clinical-focussed research, working at within the Centre for Clinical Research and The School of Biomedical Sciences at UQ.