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Cynthia graduated with a Bachelor of Science (Adv) degree with Neuroscience Honors at the University of New South Wales (Sydney, Australia). She was awarded First Class Honors in 2016, having investigated the influence of adjunctive raloxifene treatment on serum Brain- Derived Neurotrophic Factor (BDNF) levels in people with schizophrenia, under the supervision of Assoc. Prof. Thomas Weickert. Cynthia was awarded the University Postgraduate Award and Neuroscience Research Australia (NeuRA) Supplementary Top-Up Scholarship. As a PhD Candidate, Cynthia is currently investigating how stress- related genetic and environmental changes affects stress- signalling pathways in the mammalian cortex and how these factors may relate to schizophrenia. She has undertaken three months of postgraduate research training in SUNY Upstate Medical University (New York, United States of America) where she determined the extent to which early life stressors influence peripheral stress-related DNA methylation levels under the supervision of Assoc. Prof. Frank Middleton. In 2017-2018, Cynthia was the Student Representative of Biological Psychiatry Australia (BPA). She is currently the NSW State Representative of the Australasian Neuroscience Society (ANS) Student Body Committee and the Communications Chair of the NeuRA Early-Mid Career Committee.
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