2013 - Ph.D. in Medicine - Brain and Mind Research Institute, The University of Sydney, Sydney, Australia - Supervisor: Professor Bernard Balleine - Thesis: The role of the amygdala central nucleus in habitual behavior
2006 - B.A. in Psychology - University of California, Berkeley, CA, USA
I am a researcher in the School of Psychology studying the neural mechanisms of Learning and Memory. My main research interest is in understanding the neural and behavioural characteristics of inhibitory predictive learning using a combination of different in vivo techniques in animal models. I am particularly interested in the role of the infralimbic cortex in aversive (fear) extinction, appetitive extinction, latent inhibition, conditioned inhibition, as well as other forms of inhibitory learning.
2020 – NHMRC Ideas Grant – APP2003686 – Dr Vincent Laurent, Dr Beatrice Leung, Dr Nura Lingawi, Dr Billy Chieng – Examining the metabolic and cognitive deficits caused by insulin resistance in the ventral striatum – 400,372 AUD – Duration: 3 years
2020 – UNSW Science Early Career Academic Network Small Seed Grant – Dr Beatrice Leung, Dr Nura Lingawi - Examining the metabolic and cognitive deficits caused by insulin resistance in the ventral striatum – 500AUD
Currently teaching Graduate Diploma in Psychology courses 5001 and 5002 (Intro to Psychology I & II) and 5003 (Data Analysis and Methods of Psych Inquiry), as well as undergrad in Psychology courses 2081 (Learning & Physiological Psychology) and 1111 (Measuring Mind & Behaviour).