Congratulating Miya St John as runner up for the Mendelsohn Award

Congratulations to Dr Miya St John on being awarded second place for the Mendelsohn Neuroscience Student Award.

On 9 April 2024, Miya St John from the Department of Audiology and Speech Pathology was awarded runner-up for the Mendelsohn Student Award (Clinical). The prestigious Mendelsohn Awards recognise outstanding students and their research in relation to the field of neuroscience. Awards are presented alongside some of the most eminent scientists from Australia and around the world. The award recognises Miya’s research, which has significant impacts for rare genetic neurodevelopmental conditions affecting speech and language.

Miya is currently a postdoctoral researcher and speech pathologist based at Murdoch Children's Research Institute. She is also a subject coordinator and lecturer for Speech Pathology at the University of Melbourne. During her PhD, Miya completed reverse-phenotyping studies in two poorly-understood neurodevelopmental conditions and published a systematic review of speech and language profiles across a further 70 conditions. Her work identified a specific set of genes, related to chromatin regulation, as important for speech, language, and neural development in children with rare genetic conditions. She has also collaborated with others to explore the links between hearing loss and speech sound disorder.

Miya St John