Where have they gone?

Where have they gone?

Past PhD Students

Shua Garfield  PhD 2007

Shua came to UNSW and the lab after completing an undergraduate Honours degree at the University of Tasmania. He completed a thesis studying the role of GABA-A receptors in the overexpectation of Pavlovian fear conditioning. After finishing his PhD, Shua worked as a Postdoctoral researcher at UNSW School of Psychiatry and then at Turning Point Drug and Alcohol Centre, Melbourne, Victoria.

Sindy Cole  PhD 2009

Sindy started her PhD in the lab after completing here undergraduate Honours degree in the lab. Her PhD research studied the role of opioid and NMDA receptors in fear prediction error, with particular focus on the role of opioid receptors in the periaqueductal gray.  After finishing her PhD, Sindy took up a Postdoctoral position at Boston College, Boston, USA.

Laura Bradfield  PhD 2009

Laura came to the lab after completing an undergraduate Honours degree in the lab. Her PhD research studied the psychological mechanisms via which prediction error regulates Pavlovian association formation and the role of the nucleus accumbens in this regulation.  After finishing her PhD, Laura worked as a Postdoctoral researcher at the Brain and Mind Research Institute, University of Sydney.

Nathan Marchant  PhD 2010

Nathan came to lab after completing an undergraduate Honours degree at UNSW. His PhD research studied the role of the hypothalamus in the extinction and relapse to drug seeking. Nathan was awarded the Paxinos Prize for the best PhD thesis in neuroscience. After finishing his PhD, Nathan worked as a Postdoctoral researcher at the National Institute on Drug Abuse, Baltimore USA.

E. Zayra Millan PhD/MPsychol (Clinical) 2011

Zayra came to lab after completing an undergraduate Honours degree in the lab for which she won the Tork Prize for best thesis in the area of Neuroscience at UNSW. She completed a combined PhD and clinical Masters degree. Zayra's PhD research studied the role of the nucleus accumbens in the extinction and relapse to drug seeking. After finishing her PhD, Zayra worked as a Postdoctoral researcher at the Gallo Research Institute, UCSF and then at Johns Hopkins University, USA.

Christina Perry PhD 2012

Christina came to lab after completing an undergraduate Honours degree in the lab. Her PhD research studied the role of opioids and the ventral pallidum in relapse to drug seeking.  After finishing her PhD, Christina worked as a Postdoctoral researcher at the Florey Neurosciences Institute, University of Melbourne.

Andrea Willcocks PhD 2012

Andrea pursued her PhD in the lab after completing an undergraduate Honours degree in the lab. Her PhD research studied the extinction and relapse to drug seeking, with particular emphasis on the reacquisition of drug seeking. After finishing her PhD, Andrea worked as a Postdoctoral researcher in pain research at the Prince of Wales Hospital, Sydney.

Helen Nasser PhD 2013

Helen came to the lab after completing an undergraduate Honours degree in the lab. Her PhD research studied the behavioural and brain mechanisms for interactions between appetitive and aversive motivation.  Helen was awarded the Paxinos Prize for the best PhD thesis in neuroscience. After finishing her PhD, Helen worked as a Postdoctoral researcher at The City University of New York and then at the  National Institute on Drug Abuse, Baltimore USA.

Wan Yee Macy Chan PhD/MPsychol (Clinical) 2014

Macy started her PhD in the lab after completing an undergraduate Honours degree in the lab for which she won the University Medal, Australian Psychological Society Prize, and Tork Prize for best thesis in the area of Neuroscience at UNSW. She completed a combined PhD and clinical Masters degree. Her PhD research studied the interactions between fear extinction and fear memory reconsolidation, with special focus on how these interactions can augment exposure-based therapies for human clinical anxiety.  After finishing her PhD, Macy gained endorsement and is working as a Clinical Psychologist in Sydney.

Shi Yuan Susan Li PhD/MPsychol (Clinical) 2014

Susan came to lab after completing an undergraduate Honours degree at UNSW. She completed a combined PhD and clinical Masters degree. Her PhD research studied the roles of dopamine and glutamate in fear prediction error and fear learning, with particular focus on the nucleus accumbens.  Susan was awarded the Paxinos Prize for the best PhD thesis in neuroscience and the prize for best PhD thesis for a combined PhD/MPsychol student. After finishing her PhD, Susan gained endorsement as a Clinical Psychologist and is working in private practice in Sydney and  in clinical mental health research at UNSW.

 

Past Postdoctoral Fellows

Dr Adam Hamlin

Adam was a postdoc in the lab from 2004 - 2007. He led projects mapping the neural correlates for relapse to drug seeking and was instrumental in establishing a variety of new techniques in the lab (tract tracing, immunohistochemistry, fluorescence microscopy). Adam was awarded an NHMRC Fellowship to further his research career, moving to the Queensland Brain Institute and then taking up an academic position at Charles Sturt University prior to moving to an academic position at The University of New England.

Dr Kelly Clemens

Kelly was a postdoc in the lab from 2005 - 2006. She led projects mapping the neural correlates for relapse to cocaine seeking and was instrumental in establishing i.v. self administration in the lab. She continued postdoctoral training in France prior to receiving an ARC DECRA Award to establish her own lab at UNSW.

 

Past Honours Students

We have had many talented undergraduate honours students complete their research projects in the lab. In reverse chronological order:

Gabrielle Gibson                                           

Audrey Khoo                                                                                   

Jamie Dracup

Moses Kim

Gavin Entwhisle

Sophia Kwan

Auntora Sengupta

Philip Jean-Richard dit Bressel

Joanna Yau

Ben Garber

Sarah Krisgstein

Claudia Woolf

Lisa Qi

Bradley King

Susan Li

Melissa Swift

Wan Yee Macy Chan

Andrea Willocks

Alyce McGee

Helen Nasser

Bridget Spicer

Dean Carson

Zayra Millan

Kate Augustyn

Katherine Mills

Christina Perry

Jill Newby

Jenna Dennison

Sindy Cole

Tamara Lang

Melissa Wood

Laura Bradfield

Brendan Lee

Kate Blatchford

Inika Gillis

Sara Lam

Keri Diamond

Janet Chiem

Neil Franklin

Therese Ma

Kuni Takeshima