Chalystha Lee Yie Qin is a 2nd year PhD candidate in the Neurodevelopment in Health and Disease program in RMIT University, Melbourne. Her work focuses on the gut-brain axis in autism under the supervision of A/Prof. Elisa Hill-Yardin (RMIT University) and Prof. Ashley Franks (La Trobe University). She is interested in understanding how neuro-immune interactions between the brain in our gut (enteric nervous system) and gut immune cells are altered in neurodevelopmental diseases such as autism.
Chalystha is also part of the 2021 Students of Brain Research (SOBR) committee. SOBR is an Australia-wide social and academic network designed to connect brain research students from different institutions and backgrounds. SOBR aims to link knowledge in brain research across Australia, connect students & researchers to develop networks, and support skill development via professional events. She is involved in organising various events in this role including SOBR’s annual professional networking dinner and student symposium.
Outside the lab, Chalystha enjoys running in the neighbourhood park – it helps her think and clears her mind. She also has a growing obsession with thrift-shopping, thrift-flipping, and sewing her own clothes!
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