Young Investigators Committee Members

Leyla Fouani
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Leyla Fouani
PhD Candidate
Discipline of Pathology
Blackburn Building, University of Sydney
E: lfou1788@uni.sydney.edu.au

Leyla Fouani is a PhD candidate in the Molecular Pharmacology and Pathology Program. Her research focus is on elucidating the molecular effects of the metastasis suppressor gene, NDRG1, in a variety of cancer types. She is also investigating whether she can exploit the advantageous anti-metastatic effects of NDRG1 through a new class of anti-cancer agents.


Sharleen Menezes
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Sharleen Menezes
PhD Candidate
Discipline of Pathology
Blackburn Building, University of Sydney
E: smen1454@uni.sydney.edu.au

Sharleen Menezes is a PhD candidate in the Molecular Pharmacology and Pathology Program. Her research is focused on understanding key oncogenic signaling pathways involved in Pancreatic Cancer. She is also interested in the application of novel anti-cancer drugs that target cancer progression and metastasis.


Mohammad Nasir Uddin
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Mohammad Nasir Uddin
PhD Candidate
Discipline of Anatomy & Histology
Anderson Stuart Building, The University of Sydney
E: mudd4619@uni.sydney.edu.au

Mohammad Nasir Uddin is a PhD candidate in the Retinal & Developmental Neurobiology Laboratory. His research is focused on understanding the complex microenvironments in the human optic nerve head relevant to glaucoma and optic neuritis.


Daisy Yao Shu
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Daisy Yao Shu
PhD Candidate
Discipline of Anatomy & Histology
Anderson Stuart Building, The University of Sydney
E: dshu6194@uni.sydney.edu.au

Daisy Y. Shu is a PhD candidate in the Lens Research Laboratory. Her research explores the cell signalling pathways that trigger the formation of cataract. In particular, she is interested in the process by which lens epithelial cells transform into mesenchymal cells during cataract through aberrant cell signalling pathways. She is currently investigating novel drug targets aimed at inhibiting aberrant cellular communication to treat cataract.


Gabi Gregoriou
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Gabi Gregoriou
PhD Candidate
Discipline of Pharmacology
Blackburn Building (DO6), The University of Sydney
E: ggre9374@uni.sydney.edu.au

Gabi Gregoriou is a PhD candidate in the Synaptic Physiology and Plasticity Laboratory. Her research focuses on how endogenously released opioid peptides regulate synaptic function and plasticity in the amygdala.


Aaron Giles
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Aaron Giles
PhD Candidate
Discipline of Anatomy and Histology
Anderson Stuart Building, The University of Sydney
E: agil3386@uni.sydney.edu.au

Aaron Giles is a PhD candidate in the Laboratory of Neural Structure and Function. His research is focused on the neural and endocrine systems that mediate the behavioural and biological response to chronic pain. His project is directed towards investigating the link between early-life events and individual differences in response to chronic pain.


Gabriela Pinget

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Gaby Pinget
PhD Candidate
Discipline of Pathology
Charles Perkins Centre, University of Sydney
E: gpin5279@uni.sydney.edu.au

Gaby is a PhD candidate in the discipline of pathology. Her research focuses on understanding the relationship between diet, immune system and gut homeostasis, particularly in the context of inflammatory disease.


Max Mo

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Max Mo
PhD Candidate
Discipline of Physiology
Medical Foundation Building, University of Sydney
E: mamo3420@uni.sydney.edu.au

Max Mo is a PhD candidate in the Department of Physiology. His research involves investigating laboratory models of neurodegenerative diseases using an electrophysiological approach. Specifically, models of movement disorders like Parkinsonian syndromes are a research focus and the techniques used include Whole Cell Patch Clamping.


Sian Genoud

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Sian Genoud
PhD Candidate
Discipline of Biomedical Science
Brain and Mind Centre, University of Sydney
E: sgen8508@uni.sydney.edu.au

Sian is a PhD student in the Neurodegeneration research laboratory at the Brain and Mind Centre. Her research is aimed at determining the underlying cause of neuronal death in the Parkinson's disease brain, with her project focussing on the involvement of biometals and metalloproteins in Parkinson's pathogenesis.