Yao Lulu Xing

Neural regeneration and repair Dr Tobias Merson and Prof Trevor Kilpatrick
PhD student at the University of Melbourne
Recipient of Strategic Research Australian Postgraduate Award scholarship
Lulu Xing is a second year PhD student based in the Florey Department of Neuroscience and Mental Health at the University of Melbourne. She was awarded a Bachelor of Biomedicine with first class Honours from the University of Melbourne. In her PhD studies, Lulu is focusing on the role of stem cells in repairing the damage associated with multiple sclerosis. She is particularly interested in exploring the relative contribution of two distinct populations of stem cells to myelin repair or remyelination in the adult brain: neural precursor cells (NPCs) that are responsible for the generation of neurons and glia in the normal adult brain; and oligodendrocyte progenitor cells (OPCs) that are principally responsible for the generation of specialized glia called oligodendrocytes. Although OPCs have known to play an important role in remyelination for some time, recent evidence suggests that NPCs could also contribute to the generation of new oligodendrocytes after CNS damage. Lulu is supported by a Strategic Research Australian Postgraduate Award (STRAPA) and supervised by Dr Tobias Merson and Prof Trevor Kilpatrick.