Elysia Sokolenko

Elysia Sokolenko

Adelaide Medical School

Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences


I completed a PhD at the University of Melbourne in 2019 exploring the pathophysiology of cognitive impairment in schizophrenia. More specifically, I examined whether there is a causal relationship between deficits in a particular subtype of interneuron, disruption to gamma oscillatory electrical activity in the brain and working memory impairment. Through this project, I developed expertise in a number of pre-clinical and laboratory-based skills, including awake in vivo electrophysiology recordings and rodent behavioural testing.

I have a keen interest in exploring the aetiology and pathophysiology of a suite of psychiatric disorders, along with that of associated and co-morbid cognitive impairment. I believe that success in this endeavour will demand the use of multidisciplinary approach. I now hold a position as a research officer in the Adelaide Medical School Discipline of Psychiatry. In this role, I am involved in collecting and analysing data from a number of clinical populations, including patients with schizophrenia and bipolar disorder.

Acting course co-coordinator  2021:

  • Essentials of Neuroscience (HLTH SC 1001)
  • Neurological Diseases (PATHOL 3200) 2021

Contributing lecturer 2021:

  • NURSING 1005, 2005, 2008
  • HLTH SC 2104
  • PATHOL 3101

Course assistant and tutor 2020: 

  • Foundations of Neuroanatomy (ANAT SC 2006)
  • Essentials of Neuroscience
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  • Committee Memberships

    Date Role Committee Institution Country
    2021 - ongoing Chair Biological Psychiatry Australia Early Career Researcher Network Biological Psychiatry Australia Australia

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