Sharlynn Wu
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Since receiving an A-grade for the Extended Essay component of the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program on the aetiology of violent crime, Sharlynn became interested in the intersection between psychology and genetics. In 2016, they were awarded a Bachelor of Science (Advanced) double majoring in Psychology and Molecular Biology and Genetics from The University of Sydney in 2016. The following year, they investigated the role of Hedgehog-related genes in neuronal development in Caenorhabditis elegans under the supervision of Dr Hannah Nicholas at The University of Sydney and was awarded a first class Honours. For the next two months, Sharlynn worked as a Research Assistant until the Nicholas lab was dissolved for personal reasons. In July 2018, Sharlynn began a Master of Research with Prof Ian Blair at the Macquarie University Centre for Motor Neuron Disease Research and under the supervision of Dr Shu Yang. During the program, Sharlynn performed in vitro assays to determine the potential pathogenicity of ALS candidate variants. Under the guidance of associate supervisor Dr Albert Lee, Sharlynn also dabbled in proteomics to investigate whether any neurodegeneration-related pathways are affected by these candidate variants. 

At present, Sharlynn is a PhD candidate under the supervision of Dr Shu Yang and Prof Ian Blair, where they will continue to elucidate the pathogenicity of ALS candidate variants. They are a recipient of the competitive International Macquarie University Research Excellence Scholarship. 

Education/Academic qualification

ALS, Cellular Biology, Master of Research, Macquarie University


Award Date: 17 Jun 2019

Biochemistry, Bachelors of Science (Advanced) (Honours) with First Class, University of Sydney

16 Feb 2017Nov 2017

Award Date: 20 Dec 2017

Molecular Biology and Psychology, Bachelors of Science (Advanced), University of Sydney

Mar 2014Nov 2016

Award Date: 20 Dec 2016

External positions

Research Assistant (Nicholas), University of Sydney

1 Jan 201828 Feb 2018

Creative Assistant (Denyer), University of Sydney

Jul 2015


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