A bit about my research
My research project is focused upon genetic testing in two conditions, Friedreich ataxia and Huntington disease. I am interviewing and surveying young people who are at risk of either of these conditions, to establish their opinions and experiences of genetic testing. The information from the project will inform current testing guidelines, clinicians and support services for genetic testing in young people.
Why I chose to study at Murdoch Children's
I chose to complete my Honours year at Murdoch Children's as they were running a great clinical research project and I was looking for something not based in a laboratory, but still in the world of genetic research. I really enjoyed the work I was doing during Honours and I had great support and encouragement from my supervisors, so I chose to continue on and do a PhD. The supportive environment, variety of seminars and high calibre of dedicated researchers at Murdoch Children's made the decision to stay and do a PhD an easy one!
Highlights of my time at Murdoch Children's
Two highlights of my time here so far would be having some of my work published and travelling to Spain to present my project at a research meeting held in conjunction with the European Huntington Disease Network conference, all within the first year of my PhD!