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Dr Zhi Yi Ong

ARC DECRA research fellow

I am interested in understanding the neurobiological mechanisms of food intake control and addiction. Using multi-level approaches in rodent models, my research explores the neural circuits, neuropeptide function, gut-brain interaction, and intracellular signaling pathways that contribute to the control of feeding and addictive behaviours.

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Dr Colin Palmer

Postdoctoral Research Associate

When we see another person, we often have a vivid sense of where they are looking. Humans are unique in how we use other’s gaze to understand what they are thinking and feeling, and to guide our own attention. Recently I began a postdoctoral position in Professor Colin Clifford’s lab at UNSW, focussing on the neural and sensory mechanisms underlying our perception of other people’s gaze direction.

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Dr Asheeta Prasad

Australian Research Council Discovery Early Career Researcher

I am interested in the wiring of the brain, how neurons grow and form neural circuits and their functions. My research focuses on neural circuitry underlying complex behaviors such as learning, memory, reward related behavior and movement. Disturbances in the neural circuitry of these behaviours  contribute to pathophysiology of several neurological disorders such as drug addiction, depression, Parkinson’s disease, Huntington’s disease and Multiple sclerosis.

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Dr Jacqueline Ann Rushby

Research Fellow

I have a strong background in cognitive psychophysiology and behavioural neuroscience. During my time at UNSW, I have been using psychophysiological techniques (EEG, Autonomic activity, MRI and non-invasive brain stimulation) to consolidate and focus my research to address questions of clinical significance within the NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence in Brain Recovery. In 2011 I was awarded a NHMRC Post-Doctoral Fellowship to examine psychophysiological outcomes after severe traumatic brain injury (TBI).

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Dr Suraj Samtani

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Supervisor: Michelle Moulds

Research Areas: Clinical psychology, rumination, scale development

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Dr Rachel Stephens

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Research Areas: Inductive and deductive reasoning, category learning, face matching.

My primary research interest is human reasoning and its underlying cognitive processes, with the overarching question: how do people make predictions or inferences about novel situations based on existing knowledge?

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Dr Alice Towler

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

My research focusses on improving the accuracy and efficiency of facial identification systems by optimising the distribution of decision-making between humans and facial recognition software. I work closely with our research partners at the Australian Passport Office to develop evidence-based training and comparison methods for facial image comparison.

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Dr. Anne van Dongen

Postdoctoral Research Fellow
I'm working on a 3-year postdoctoral research project at Lisa Williams' lab, investigating the emotional underpinnings of blood donation motivation. This project is co-funded by the Australian Red Cross Blood Service and the Australian Research Council.

I obtained my PhD in Health Psychology at Maastricht University, the Netherlands. My main research topic is the psychology of blood donation, with a focus on maintenance of behaviour.

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