I graduated from the University of Queensland with a 1st class Honours in Bachelor of Pharmacy in 2013. My passion for research and enjoyable experience during my Honours program have provided the grounds for me to return to my alma mater to pursue higher education as a PhD student. I have been awarded the Australian Postgraduate Award to support my studies at the Centre for Integrated Preclinical Drug Development under the supervision of Professor Maree Smith. I am currently also practising as a registered pharmacist in Brisbane.
Chronic Low Back Pain: Pathobiological Investigations towards Improved Treatments
My PhD project will use an optimised rat model of chronic low back pain recently established by scientists at the CIPDD. I will use ex vivo methods including histological, immunohistochemical and molecular biological (western blot, RT-qPCR) and imaging (micro-CT) methods to characterise this model as a means to generate novel insight on the pathobiology of this chronic pain condition. I will then assess the efficacy of a novel compound from the drug discovery program of Professor Smith’s UQ collaborators, using this rat model of chronic low back pain as well as investigate its mode of action using the aforementioned ex vivo methods.