Sherilyn Yao
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Sherilyn Yao is a PhD candidate in the Dementia Research Centre at the MQ Faculty of Medicine, Health and Human Sciences.

In 2015-2016, during her undergraduate studies at UNSW, she received a Summer Research Award in the Dementia Research Unit/Transgenic Animal Unit, where she completed a project on the identification and genetic analysis of new mouse models of neurodegeneration. This engaged her passions for neuroscience and animal work, and Sherilyn found the experience both enriching and exciting, motivating her to pursue a career in research. She continued to work as a research assistant in the DRU/TAU on projects aimed at understanding mechanisms in neurodegenerative diseases and developing improved methods of developing new mouse models to facilitate this.

Sherilyn graduated with the University Medal from the UNSW Faculty of Medicine in 2017. In 2018, she started her doctoral studies with the Metabolic and Neuropharmacology Group at UNSW, investigating the epigenetic regulation of environmental adaptation, while also teaching physiology and pharmacology in the BMed/MD until 2020.

Sherilyn rejoined the Dementia Research Centre (the former DRU/TAU at UNSW) in 2021. Her current PhD relates to the functional analysis of lncRNAs in the brain.


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