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Laura Leighton

Class Year: 2017

Scholarship: Future Leaders

University: The University of Queensland

State: QLD

Laura Leighton

Class Year: 2017

Scholarship: Future Leaders

University: The University of Queensland

State: QLD

Biography

I am a molecular biologist working in the emerging field of neuroepigenetics. I am drawn to one of the last great mysteries of the human body: the mind, and specifically, how biological molecules which last for just days can give rise to lifelong memories.

I want to pioneer new techniques that enable answers to questions like this. I am also passionate about the value of foundational research, because it’s so important to understand the biology before interventions or cures for disease can be developed.

Outside the lab I enjoy making music, tinkering with computers, playing video games, and watching my tropical fish.

Skills & Expertise

  • Lab techniques in neuroscience and molecular biology
  • Experimental design for life sciences
  • Writing, especially science writing for a general audience
  • Public speaking
  • Computers: home builds, repairs, re-purposing of ‘obsolete’ machines to suit children/seniors/non-profits.

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