Associate Professor Irina Vetter

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Associate Professor Irina Vetter 
Deputy Director, Centre for Pain Research (IMB) 

"There is nothing more rewarding than having a job that allows you to satisfy your curiosity about how things work; knowing at the same time that your contributions, in a small way, help make this world a better place".

Irina is Deputy Director of the Centre for Pain Research and Group Leader of the Chemistry and Structural Biology Division within The Institute for Molecular Bioscience. 

Irina is a UQ alumnus and holds a Bachelor of Pharmacy and PhD. Her research interests lie in the fields of peripheral pain mechanisms, target identification and analgesic drug discovery.

She uses toxins isolated from venomous animals to investigate the contribution of ion channels to sensory neuronal physiology. 

"When I was 10 my parents gave me a book about how penicillin was discovered. Since then I found the process of drug discovery absolutely fascinating and I knew I wanted to be a scientist. I studied Pharmacy because I wanted to understand how medications interact with the body and during an honours project I became hooked on research."

PhD, The University of Queensland
Bachelor of Pharmacy (Honours), The University of Queensland