Subiaco resident Emily Lowther will spend three years working with geneticist and speech and language pathologist Professor Shelly Jo Kraft in Detroit, Michigan, as part of her PhD.
Professor Janet Beilby from Curtin’s school of psychology and speech pathology will also collaborate with the pair.
Ms Lowther (27) said she was counting down the days to living in Detroit.
‘The current study may be able to identify the genes associated with stuttering and map out how they contribute to the speech disorder,’ she said.
‘I’m thrilled about living in Detroit, immersing myself in my PhD.
‘This really is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.’