NHMRC Principal Research Fellow
Centre for Neuroscience
I have a research-only role as Head of Molecular and Cellular Physiology within the Centre for Neuroscience. I undertook a post-doc with Prof. Thomas Jentsch at the ZMNH, Hamburg, Germany and was then awarded the TM Ramsay Fellowship at Prince Henry's Institute, Melbourne. I was appointed Group Leader at Flinders University as a BioInnovation SA Research Fellow in 2006. In 2010, I was awarded both a NHMRC Career Development Fellowship (Level 1) and an ARC Future Fellowship and in 2015 I recieved a NHMRC Career Development Fellowship (Level 2).
My research is focused on understanding how cells send out chemical signals to each other and how this is implicated in health and disease. We have published some significant work in this area in leading international journals. These include PLoS Genetics, Molecular Psychiatry (2), Gastroenterology (3), Human Molecular Genetics (3), Journal of Neuroscience (2), Diabetes, Nature Communications (2) and Cell Metabolism.
My lab webpage: Molecular and Cellular Physiology Laboratory
Bachelor of Applied Science (Honours, 1st class)
Ph.D. (Science) University of Adelaide - Department of Physiology
2004 TM Ramsay Postdoctoral Fellowship - Prince Henry's Institute
2006 Bio Innovation SA Neuroscience Research Fellowship - Flinders University
2007 NHMRC Project Grant (Chief Investigator A)
2009 ARC Discovery Grant (Chief Investigator A)
2010 ARC Future Fellowship Award
2010 NHMRC Career Development Award (Level 1)
2010 Vice Chancellor’s Award for Early Career Researchers, Flinders University
2010 South Australian Young Tall Poppy Award
2010 NHMRC Project Grant (Chief Investigator A)
2012 Australian Society for Medical Research, South Australian Leading Light Award
2013 ARC Discovery Grant (Chief Investigator A)
2014 NHMRC Career Development Award (Level 2)
2015 ARC Linkage Grant (Chief Investigator A)
The focus within my lab is identifying the molecular mechanisms controlling cell signalling and how altered cell signalling relates to human diseases; most especially related to Type 2 Diabetes, metabolism and obesity. I utilise genetic mouse models and human tissue to identify novel genes underlying aspects of these diseases and combine this with cutting edge techniques for the measurement of neurotransmitter and hormone release from single cells. This work is supported with grants from the Australian Research Council, the National Health and Medical Reseaech Council and the Diabetes Australia Research Trust.
|Phone:||+61 8 82044282|
|Location:||Flinders Medical Centre (6E:417)|
|Postal address:||GPO Box 2100, Adelaide 5001, South Australia|