The University of Sydney
Research Field: Neuroscience, Biochemistry, Pharmacology

Neurotransmitters are chemical messengers that allow the cells in our brain to communicate with each other. Dr Ryan focuses on how neurotransmitter transporters function in the normal brain and what goes wrong when they dysfunction in disease. The outcomes of her research will not only help to understand how these neurotransmitter transporters work, but also provide the basic information required for the development of new medications to treat the many debilitating brain diseases where neurotransmitter transporters break down.

Renae participates in the Scientists in Schools program with students in grades 3-6. She also presents to High school students through a Science Student Transition Program and the ASMR Careers Day. She is mentoring several young female academics through the Women in Science Network.