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Beyond Neuroinflammation: The Role of Microglia in Synaptic Plasticity

Microglia are the immune cells of the brain and are known to respond to infectious and non-infectious insults to the nervous system. Recently, a new function has been demonstrated f more...

Supervisor(s): Graeber, Manuel (Professor)

Muscle specific kinase in synaptic adaptation

This project will investigate the role of postsynaptic Muscle specific Kinase (MuSK) in regulating presynaptic neurotransmitter release at the neuromuscular junction. more...

Supervisor(s): Phillips, William (Bill) (Associate Professor), Protti, Dario (Dr)

How do molecules make memories? Understanding synaptic plasticity at the level of protein pathways and signalling.

This project aims to discover and validate new molecular mechanisms of how synaptic plasticity, which underlies learning and memory, is regulated by protein interactions and phospho more...

Supervisor(s): Graham, Mark (Dr)

Conopeptides as potential pain therapeutics

Dissecting mechanisms of chronic pain using patch clamp analyses of cellular and synaptic electrophysiology in spinal cord slices and behavioural correlations. more...

Supervisor(s): Christie, Macdonald (Professor)

Vision laboratory

The vision laboratory is interested in understanding how the images of the visual world are converted in neural information and how this information is represented in the brain. We more...

Supervisor(s): Protti, Dario (Dr)

A cell culture model for Muscle Specific Kinase myasthenia gravis

The postsynaptic membrane of the neuromuscular junction (NMJ) is organized by Muscle specific tyrosine kinase (MuSK). This project will investigate the mechanisms that organize the more...

Supervisor(s): Phillips, William (Bill) (Associate Professor)

Cellular mechanisms of opioid tolerance and dependence

Tolerance and dependence that contribute to opioid addiction will be studied using patch clamp analyses of cellular and synaptic electrophysiology in brain slices and behavioural co more...

Supervisor(s): Christie, Macdonald (Professor)

PET imaging of glioma in a TSPO knockout model

Glioblastoma is the most frequent primary brain tumour and the most malignant glial neoplasm (glioma) with predominantly astrocytic differentiation. Due to their invasive nature, gl more...

Supervisor(s): Graeber, Manuel (Professor), Banati, Richard (Professor)