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Celia Vandestadt

Class Year: 2016

Scholarship: Future Leaders

University: Monash University

Connect: LinkedIn Profile

State: VIC

Position: PhD Candidate

Celia Vandestadt

Class Year: 2016

Scholarship: Future Leaders

University: Monash University

Connect: LinkedIn Profile

State: VIC

Position: PhD Candidate

Biography

My passion lies in driving better health outcomes. Having started my working life as a myotherapist, my desire to help individuals has always remained forefront as I’ve progressed throughout academia. Currently I’m in the final year of my PhD, completing my research into how the zebrafish is capable of successful spinal cord regeneration. Specifically, my work has highlighted the remarkable ability of the remaining tissue structure to reorganise itself in response to tissue damage. The underlying mechanism controlling these processes provide exciting new avenues for potential future therapies. Outside of the lab, I thoroughly enjoy bring science to the community.

The progress I have been able to achieve would not have been possible without the Westpac Future Leaders Scholarship. The travel opportunities allowed me to gain insights and collaborate with leaders in my field from around the world. While, the Leadership Program and conversations with fellow scholars has helped to boost my confidence and desire to create maximum impact through all of my endeavours.

Skills & Expertise

  • Cross-discipline collaboration
  • Research
  • Regenerative medicine
  • Adaptive communication
  • Science outreach

I'll be studying Zebrafish to ultimately unlock the potential to regenerate the brain and spinal cord.


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