Leanne is researching mitochondrial dynamics in iPSC-derived models of Motor Neurone Disease

​Leanne graduated from the University of Western Australia in 2017 with a Bachelor of Science, majoring in Neuroscience (Honours). Her honours focused on NEAT1 and paraspeckles in a population of Alzheimer's disease and fronto-temporal dementia.

In 2018, she began her PhD under the inaugural BioZone program, identifying genetic risks of mitochondrial proteins in MND patients, and designing an antisense oligonucleotide therapeutic for a patient with ALS. She is supervised by Prof Jennifer Rodger (UWA), Prof Alan Harvey (UWA), Prof Anthony Akkari (Murdoch University), and Prof Merrilee Needham (WA Health Dept).

In 2021, through a collaboration with Dr Shyuan Ngo, Leanne began a year long research visit at the AIBN to investigate mitochondrial dynamics in iPSC-derived motor neurons.