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Somayra Mamsa

Class Year: 2021

Scholarship: Future Leaders

University: The University of Western Australia

Connect: LinkedIn Profile

State: WA

Focus Area

Technology and innovation

Somayra Mamsa

Class Year: 2021

Scholarship: Future Leaders

University: The University of Western Australia

Connect: LinkedIn Profile

State: WA

Focus Area

Technology and innovation

Biography

I'm a molecular and computational neurobiologist, interested in human health from the level of atoms, molecules, cells, synapses and systems, through to the level of population health and policy.

 

My PhD research focuses on a class of biomolecules called lipids, which comprise over half the solid matter in the brain. I’m working on developing and applying advanced chemical imaging methods to study the metabolism, trafficking and localisation of these molecules. Through this work, I hope to expand our foundations for understanding and treating a range of diseases involving changes to lipid metabolism, such as Alzheimer’s disease and brain cancer.

 

I am also passionate about mental health, and have spent over three years contributing to youth mental health research, outreach and policy, including an advisory role to the Australian University Mental Health Framework. Outside the laboratory, I can usually be found drawing, teaching girls to code, binge-watching Scorsese films, at the beach or at my local boxing club.

Skills & Expertise

  • Biochemistry
  • Neuroscience
  • Teaching
  • Mentoring
  • Programming

"I'm using advanced new imaging technologies to study fat molecules in the brain in high-resolution: how they move through and into particular types of cells, where they end up, and how they are broken down."


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