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Nyakuoy Yak

Class Year: 2022

Scholarship: Future Leaders

University: The University of Queensland

Connect: LinkedIn Profile

State: QLD

Focus Area

Technology and innovation

Nyakuoy Yak

Class Year: 2022

Scholarship: Future Leaders

University: The University of Queensland

Connect: LinkedIn Profile

State: QLD

Focus Area

Technology and innovation

Biography

I was born in the Abyei Area (a joint sovereignty zone between two republics; Sudan and South Sudan) and immigrated to Australia as a refugee. I have a love for education, science, economics, leadership, and domestic/foreign policy.

 

My PhD project will aim to investigate how neurons communicate by directly imaging molecules involved in transmitting the information from cells to cells. I am most excited by the wide array of microscopes at my disposal, learning new systems, and developing new skills in machine-derived and large scale, multi-modal image analysis. I have started imaging single molecules in live brain cells and cannot wait to unravel how they are organised in space and time to mediate communication and memories.

 

During days off, I am either in pool, gardening or watching my film of the day.

Skills & Expertise

  • Fluorescence microscopy
  • Image analysis and data visualisation
  • Statistical data analysis
  • Scientific writing and laboratory skills
  • Youth engagement and mental health advocacy

"The Future Leaders Scholarship will give me the financial flexibility to participate in overseas programs, advanced microscopy workshops and attend conferences at some of the world’s leading universities, providing me with the theoretical knowledge required to encompass the microscopy skills gained throughout my PhD."


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