Jennyfer is a PhD candidate in behavioural neuroscience and neuropharmacology at La Trobe University in Melbourne. Her research investigates the role and mechanisms of serotonergic systems in mood and anxiety disorders, using drugs that alter serotonin neurotransmission to investigate mechanisms underlying behaviour in pre-clinical models. She combines techniques from biochemistry, proteomics, biostatistics, computational neuroscience and the use of viral vectors to uncover potential biomarkers and identify novel therapeutic targets for patients with depression and anxiety.
Outside of her research, she has been teaching behavioural neuroscience and statistics to first-year and second-year university students, she was the 2019 Secretary of the Students of Brain Research (SOBR) Network and the 2019 President of La Trobe University’s Graduate Research Student Society (GRSS), and she has worked in market and consumer research in Australia and Europe.
Following the completion of her PhD, Jennyfer is hoping to make the transition to an industry setting, working in the pharmaceutical industry or in CROs/clinical trials, or alternatively as a biostatistician/data analyst with a medical or health care focus.