Jacinta Conroy

2022 ASBMB FELLOWSHIP: JACINTA CONROY

School of Biomedical Sciences

University of Queensland

Jacinta Conroy completed a Bachelor of Biomedical Science with First Class Honours at the University of Queensland, in 2016. Following, she worked as a research assistant in the School of Biomedical Sciences at the University of Queensland, testing treatments for Parkinson’s disease and motor neurone disease in vitro and in vivo. In 2018, Jacinta received an Australian Government Research Training Program Scholarship and full Tuition Fee Offset Scholarship to undertake a PhD under the supervision of Professor Elizabeth Coulson at the University of Queensland. Since commencing, Jacinta has worked to understand the contribution of neurotrophic signalling to cholinergic neuron death or survival outcomes in Alzheimer’s disease, as well as the role of neurotrophin receptors in normal function of these neurons. She is also interested in how manipulation of neurotrophin receptors could protect cholinergic neurons, and plans to investigate this further in the final stages of her postgraduate study. During her candidature, Jacinta has published an invited first author spotlight article in Neuron and a review in the Journal of Biological Chemistry, closely related her thesis work. She is also on track to publish three first author and two co-author articles before thesis submission, with two currently under review and another in preparation.

This ASBMB Fellowship will give Jacinta an opportunity to attend the 3rd UK Workshop on Membrane Proteins: Solubilisation and Biophysical Characterisation in Birmingham, UK, and thereafter travel to meet potential collaborators and employers based in Europe to further develop her research and career progression.