Dr Sophia Luikinga

Senior Research Fellow

Parkville Campus
30 Royal Parade
Parkville Victoria 3052

Sophia Luikinga profile


Dr Luikinga obtained her PhD in 2019 from the University of Melbourne, after which she joined the Motor Neurone Disease Group. Here she was involved in a preclinical drug trial, which is currently in clinical trial. From here she started focusing on the role of lipid metabolism in MND and trying to find novel biomarkers and disease mechanisms based on lipids. She uses mouse models and patient samples and does lipidomic analyses as well as wet lab experiments.

Career highlights

Current roles

  • Senior research officer, Motor Neurone Disease Group, The Florey

Awards and achievements

  • 2023 – First prize ECR presentation, Macquarie neurodegeneration meeting
  • 2022 – ISN travel award
  • 2021 – First Prize & People’s choice award, The Florey postdoctoral symposium
  • 2020 – FightMND IMPACT grant
  • 2020 – FENS early career travel award
  • 2019 – Nina buscombe award

Research publications


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