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Affiliated staff and students

The students and staff who make a difference

Learn more about the research students and affiliated staff conducting cutting-edge preclinical and clinical research. 


Dr Miguel A. Bedoya-Perez

Postdoctoral Research Associate

Miguel A. Bedoya-Perez’s research interests include behavioural ecology and evolutionary biology, specifically, the evolution and ecological significance of behavioural traits and their adaptability to environmental changes (anthropogenic or natural). Miguel has extensive experience in field-based research in a variety of subjects, spanning sexual selection, foraging behaviour, chemical ecology and wildlife management. He currently holds the position of Postdoctoral Research Associate in Behavioural and Chemical Ecology in a collaborative project between the School of Psychology and the School of Life and Environmental Sciences. Miguel is exploring the chemical, biological and evolutionary aspect of anti-predator behaviour, in introduced and native rodents, as a response to predator odours, working under the direction of Professor Iain McGregor.


Rhianne Scicluna

PhD candidate

Rhianne is a PhD student in Dr Michael Bowen’s team working on the development of cannabinoid-based therapeutics for opioid use disorder. Before beginning her candidature in October 2019, she completed a Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) at the University of Sydney in 2018 and worked as a Research Assistant at the University of Sydney in 2019.

Rhianne’s research focuses on using preclinical models of opioid addiction to explore the efficacy of phytocannabinoids for treating opioid use disorder and to understand how cannabinoids act upon neural and pharmacological pathways involved in opioid abuse to exert their therapeutically relevant effects.