Professor Selena Bartlett studied mathematics and then followed in her father’s footsteps by completing a pharmacy degree in 1989 and becoming a Pharmacist in her native Australia. Her life took another direction when her sister was hospitalized with mental health problems. The impact this had on both her sister and their family led Selena to realize how little we knew about the brain, and she was determined to do something about it. She decided to understand more about the brain and completed her Ph.D. in neuropharmacology in 1995. She then has continued for the next twenty five years, firstly with a postdoctoral fellowship in neuroscience at the John Curtin School of Medical Research, in Canberra, Australia.
From 2004 to 2012, Selena directed the Preclinical Development Group at the Ernest Gallo Clinic and Research Center, a top alcohol- and addiction-research institution, at the University of California at San Francisco. Here she focused on turning basic research discoveries into treatments for neurological problems such as addiction, pain, stress, anxiety, and depression. Selena is now a group leader in addiction neuroscience and obesity at the Translational Research Institute at the Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation, as well as a research capacity building professor in the School of Clinical Sciences, Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences, at the Queensland University of Technology.
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