Diana Lucia is a Postdoctoral researcher at The Australian Institute of Bioengineering and Nanotechnology. Her research is focused on Motor Neurone Disease, and is involved in clinical research programs aimed at understanding how widespread changes in the brain contribute to faster disease progression. Her research also documents the impact of altered whole body metabolism on the clinical features of the disease, and patient outcome. Her group works very closely with people who are living with MND, their families, caregivers and friends. The patient-directed research is based at clinical sites around Brisbane.
Diana has a PhD in Neuroscience from the University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia. Her PhD research focused on the impact of maternal alcohol consumption around conception on the developing brain and later life cognition in offspring.
Along with research, she is a science communicator on the radio, in print and through science talks. She is a regular podcast contributor on the ABC science radio program "Ockham's Razor", a freelance science writer - with her articles appearing in Australia's Skeptics Magazine, The Conversation and Lateral Magazine.
She was a semi finalist in the National science communication competition "Fame Lab" and has given a range of talks as part of National Science Week, World Science Festival and other science events.
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Diana is the founder of "Lucia Communications" a science communications and consultancy firm specialising in science engagement throughout schools developing workshops, demonstrations and STEM learning for students.
Along with STEM engagement, Diana specialises in presentations on a range of topics across science tailored to a technical audience and the general public.
Her passion as a science communicator stretches across several areas: neuroscience, promoting scientific inquiry and STEM education, advocating for women in science and examining the important issues of science in society.
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Diana's science communication work also extends to volunteer community STEM outreach programs and events. She has been awarded the "Young Science Ambassador" Award from The Wonder of Science program for the past four years - giving her the opportunity to work with students across regional and rural Queensland.
Diana also represented the National science Week "Catch a Rising Star: women in Queensland science" roadshow aimed at building relationships between women scientists and regional communities in Queensland.
She has also volunteered her time for the CSIRO STEM professionals in schools program.
ABC OCKHAM'S RAZOR
Regular Contributor to the program Ockham's Razor for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC).
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THE SKEPTIC MAGAZINE
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Read some of Diana's publications for Naturejobs:
RECENT ACADEMIC PUBLICATIONS
Contact Diana for a list of her recent academic publications.