Dr Yukti Vyas

Masters of Science in Biomedical Science – First Class


Yukti began her undergraduate degree in Biomedical Sciences at the University of Auckland in 2010, studying sensory and integrative neuroscience, protein structure and function, physiology of human organs, and biology of growth and development.  She subsequently went on to do her postgraduate studies at the Centre for Brain Research under the supervision of Associate Professor Johanna Montgomery.  


Yukti has recently completed her PhD in neuroscience, examining the physiological effects of zinc supplementation on Autism Spectrum Disorder-associated mutations, from the synaptic to the behavioural level.  Yukti is also helping establish in vivo imaging using miniaturised microscopes in freely behaving animals to understand the changes in neurons and astrocytes in Alzheimer's Disease, and assisting on a project building the first 2-photon microscope at the University of Auckland.  

Postgraduate supervision

PhD Advisor for Zahra Laouby, co-supervised by Dr Simon O’Carroll and Dr Juliette Cheyne (2019 - present)

PhD Advisor for Pang Ying Cheung, supervised by Dr Juliette Cheyne (2019 - present)

Secondary Supervisor for Skylar Pollack, Physiology Honours, supervised by Dr Juliette Cheyne (2020)

Secondary Supervisor for Hamish Skelton-Kyd, Biomedical Science Honours, supervised by Dr Juliette Cheyne (2020)


2020: Physiological Society of New Zealand John Hubbard Prize Winner

2020: Mary Bullivant Prize Winner in Physiology

2020: Postdoctoral Society Research Development Grant

2020: Mass Spectrometry Hub Grant 

2019: Kate Edger Educational Charitable Trust Dame Dorothy Winstone Doctoral Completion Award

2019: Best Poster Presentation Award at the Association for the Study of Neurons and Diseases Conference

2019: Winner of Visualization and Analysis Award from the Biomedical Imaging Research Unit 

2019: Second Runner-up Best Oral Presentation Award at the University of Auckland HealtheX Conference 

2019: Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences Postgraduate Student Association Travel Grant

2018: First Runner-up Best Poster Presentation Award at the University of Auckland HealtheX Conference

2018: Australasian Neuroscience Society Early Career Researcher Travel Scholarship

2018: International Brain Research Organization Young Investigators Training Program Travel Grant

2018: Maurice and Phyllis Paykel Trust PhD Research Travel Award

2018: Highly Commended Visualization and Analysis Award from the Biomedical Imaging Research Unit 

2017: Neurological Foundation ACAN Scholarship

2017: Highly Commended Light Microscopy Image Award from the Biomedical Imaging Research Unit

2015-2019: The University of Auckland Doctoral Scholarship 

2014-2018: Neurological Foundation AWCBR Travel Grant

2012: The University of Auckland Summer Research Scholarship

Areas of expertise

Patch-clamp eletrophysiology, in vivo imaging, behavioural testing, Autism Spectrum Disorders

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

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Contact details

Primary office location

M&HS BUILDING 503 - Bldg 503
Level 4, Room 433
New Zealand

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