About Me

Bonn, Germany
Scientist from Tasmania with an enthusiasm for communicating research across platforms - through outreach, writing and presenting for a varied audience, as well as event organisation. Currently a postdoctoral researcher working in Germany, with an interest in regional susceptibility in neurodegenerative disease and the role of insoluble proteins.

My skills lie in creating a comprehensive story from research findings, presenting the bigger picture outcomes in a manner accessible to all. I aim to move away from the academic pathway and begin a career in medical writing and outreach, utilising my natural communicative talents in combination with the skills I have developed in time and project management as a post-doctoral researcher.


Bonn, Germany


Bachelor of Behavioural Science, University of Tasmania.

First Class Honours in Medical Research, Neuroscience, University of Tasmania.

Doctor of Philosophy, Menzies Institute for Medical Research, University of Tasmania.


2020-current: Post-doctoral researcher at the DZNE, Bonn, Germany.

2021: Creator, organiser and host of the international DZNE event (online) 'The Glass Ceiling in Science: Breaking Down Barriers Together'. Panel discussion focused on reaching gender parity in STEM.

2020: Committee member and social organiser for the international Axon Repair Meeting (online).

2019-2020: Post-doctoral researcher at the Menzies Institute for Medical Research, Tasmania, Australia.

2018-2019: Mentor as part of the Big Picture Program. Mentoring disadvantaged, yet talented students who lack support systems to continue their education.

2018: Best oral presentation at the Cell Architecture and Development Meeting, Sydney, Australia.

2018: Best poster presentation at the 14th MNDRIA meeting, Melbourne, Australia.

2017-2018: Speaker and host at events held by the North West Tasmania Sisterhood. An initiative encouraging high-school aged girls in rural NW Tasmania to continue on to tertiary education.

2015-2019: PhD candidate at the Menzies Institute for Medical Research (Tasmania), completing my thesis titled 'Neuroplasticity of the Dendritic Spine: Early Dysfunction in Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis'.

2015-2017: Tutor and marker for the Wicking Dementia Research & Education Centre, Tasmania, Australia.

Writer Categories:

Public Speaker.  Researcher.  Grant Writing.  Manuscript Preparation.  Systematic Reviews & Meta-analysis.  Proofreading. 

Specialty Topics:

Dementia.  Healthy Aging.  Mental Health.  Neuroscience.  Women's Health.  Medical Technology.  Psychology.  Medical Editing.  Medical Science.  Statistics.  Rural Health.  Alzheimer's Disease.  Biomedical Science. 

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AMWA 2020 – Medical Writing and Communication During the COVID-19 Crisis

For those who attended the AMWA 2020 Special Virtual Event: 'Medical Writing and Communication During the COVID-19 Crisis' on Thursday 19 November, we are sure you would agree that it was an invaluable two hours. The calibre of speakers and their learnings from this unprecedented crisis were beyond our expectations. We are humbled by their willingness to give their personal time to share their experience with us. 

If you missed the live event, a recording is available to AMWA members in the Members Area. If you are not yet an AMWA member, but would like to join, you can visit our membership and benefits page here. Annual membership is $80 for full members and $40 for students.

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