Dr Leigh Walker

Senior Research Fellow

Parkville Campus
30 Royal Parade
Parkville Victoria 3052

Leigh Walker profile


Dr Leigh Walker is an NHMRC Emerging Leader Fellow at The Florey. Leigh completed their undergraduate and honours degree at Victoria University of Wellington (New Zealand) before moving to Australia to undertake a PhD in Neuroscience at the University of Melbourne.

Leigh’s research investigates the neurobiology of anxiety and alcohol use disorders. She is particularly interested in sex differences. To assess this, Leigh leverages various genetic, physiological, neuroanatomical, viral, and pharmacological approaches in rodent animal models to monitor, manipulate, and map the neural circuits, synapses, and signalling mechanisms that drive complex behaviours. She has been awarded University of Melbourne ECR, Brockhoff Foundation, ARC and NHMRC research funding to pursue her research.

Career highlights

Current roles

  • Senior Research Fellow, The Florey and University of Melbourne

Past roles

  • 2022-2023 Senior Research Officer, The Florey and University of Melbourne
  • 2020 Research Officer, School of Medicine, Stanford Univesity, CA, USA
  • 2018-2021 Research Officer, The Florey

Awards and achievements

  • 2022 – Harold Mitchell Postdoctoral Fellowship Award
  • 2021 – NHMRC Emerging Leader Fellowship
  • 2021 – International Society for Biomedical Research on Alcoholism Early Career Investigator Award
  • 2021 – Biological Psychiatry Australia – best ECR paper award
  • 2020 – NHMRC Ideas Grant
  • 2020 – Asia-Pacific Society of Neurochemistry, Young Investigator award
  • 2019 – VESKI Victoria Fellowship
  • 2017 – Harold Mitchell Postgraduate Fellowship Award

Research publications


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