As an early career academic and researcher, Amelia McFarland has already made a significant contribution to her chosen field of neuropharmacology.

Her publishing track record began early, with her Honours work on pseudomonal central nervous system infections published in reputable journals including Archives of Toxicology.

Amelia has also co-supervised Honours students who have gone on to successful careers in research and clinical pharmacy.

Besides her teaching, mentoring and research roles at Griffith, Amelia also works as a community pharmacist.

Q: What does it take to be remarkable?

A: “I have a focused and curious personality with a passion for neuroscience. The environment and culture at the School of Pharmacy encourages excellence and dedication, so I think my success so far has been a combination of both factors.”

Q: What inspired you on your career path?

A: “I’ve always been fascinated by the brain because it’s an area of science where there’s so much more to learn. I initially considered a medical career specialising in neurology, but after fainting during anatomy classes I changed focus to neuropharmacology, and have loved every second.

“The research I’m doing now is so exciting, and being able to foster enthusiasm for neuroscience in the next generation of students is extremely rewarding.”