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Kealan Pugsley

Class Year: 2020

Scholarship: Future Leaders

University: Monash University

Connect: LinkedIn Profile

State: VIC

Focus Area

Positive social change

Kealan Pugsley

Class Year: 2020

Scholarship: Future Leaders

University: Monash University

Connect: LinkedIn Profile

State: VIC

Focus Area

Positive social change

Biography

As an aspiring psychiatric geneticist, I am fascinated by the gene-to-behaviour links that represent a possible source of early-life neurodiversity and cognitive disorders. My PhD project will investigate how these heritable factors influence brain development to better understand the biological mechanisms that drive clinical behaviours in the first years of life.

 

It is my belief that by integrating this genetic information within clinical perspectives, we can broaden the lens through which we view common childhood psychological conditions, ultimately improving existing methods of identification and intervention.

 

Outside of my academic endeavours, I am a strong proponent of peer mentoring, with a keen interest in STEM engagement at all levels of the student life-cycle.

Skills & Expertise

  • Molecular genetics
  • Behavioural psychology
  • Interdisciplinary collaboration and research
  • Peer-to-peer mentoring
  • Scientific communication and engagement

"When I was 8 I wanted to grow up and be a marine biologist... but it turns out you need to be a mathematics whiz, which unfortunately I am not!"


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