2011-2015: My PhD centered around the visual system of lungfishes; a unique group of fishes that are the closest living ancestors to all terrestrial vertebrates.
One study was a comparative examination of the ultrastructure of the retina of the South American (Lepidosiren paradoxa) and spotted African (Protopterus dolloi) lungfish (manuscript for publication in progress).
The second study involved a strange group of Australian lungfishes (Neoceratodus forsteri) that were born without external eyes. Through behavioural, electrophysiological and histological experiments more information about their deformities were revealed.
Supervised by Dr. Ionat Zurr, Prof. Shaun Collin and Assoc/Prof. Nathan Hart. The University of Western Australia.
2009-2010: My honours year focussed on a comparative analysis of the parasite Leishmania found in kangaroos and humans to define potential human pathogenicity genes.
Supervised by Assoc/Prof. Christopher Peacock. The University of Western Australia.