Dr Lauren Bleakley
Dr Lauren Bleakley is an early career researcher who was awarded her PhD from The University of Melbourne in 2022. Lauren’s PhD studies, completed at The Florey under the primary supervision of Professor Chris Reid, involved studying the mechanism of how genetic mutations in the gene HCN1 cause epilepsy and determining the best treatments for this condition.
Lauren has a keen interest in using preclinical models to understand mechanisms of, and treatments for, neurodevelopmental disorders. Currently in her first postdoctoral role under the supervision of Dr Sarah Gordon, Lauren is continuing to pursue this interest, studying how genetic mutations in presynaptic genes involved in neurotransmission lead to neurodevelopmental disorders.
- Lauren’s PhD research was published in both The Herald Sun and Adelaide Advertiser
Awards and achievements
- 2023 – University of Melbourne Early Career Researcher grant
- 2022 – Mark Rowe Award (best publication by an early career researcher) from the Australasian Neuroscience Society (ANS)
- 2021 – Royal Society of Victoria Young Scientist Research Prize for Biomedical and Health Sciences