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Marcela was awarded her Doctorate in Bayesian approaches to model Alzheimer's disease neurodegeneration. This project involved developing and applying novel statistical approaches on magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) data to better understand brain atrophy in healthy ageing and Alzheimer's disease patients. This multidisciplinary project was in collaboration with the CSIRO as part of Australia's largest ongoing clinical study, the Australian Imaging, Biomarker's and Lifestyle longitudinal study of ageing (AIBL), Queensland University of Technology (QUT) and supported by the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence and Statistical Frontiers (ACEMS).

Marcela has then continued her work with CSIRO by starting a postdoctoral fellowship, working on several projects including with collaborators including a US pharmaceutical company, Biogen, who are working on developing novel Alzheimer's disease medications. Marcela is also working with medical researchers from AIBL in order to develop new statistical approaches to better model Alzheimer's disease neurodegeneration.

Academic Qualifications

  • 2012

    Bachelor of Mathematical Sciences
    University of South Australia

  • 2013

    Honours in Statistics
    University of South Australia

  • 2017

    Doctorate in Statistics
    Queensland University of Technology