Harleen Basrai

Harleen Basrai joined Stem Cells Australia in April 2012
Recipient of scholarship

I’m a second year PhD student from the Department of Anatomy and Neuroscience at the University of Melbourne based at the Melbourne Brain Centre.

Worldwide, there is still no effective treatment for traumatic brain injury (TBI). There is potential in targeting endogenous adult neurogenesis, the process by which new neurons are generated in the adult brain, as a possible therapeutic strategy.

After TBI, endogenous adult neurogenesis is enhanced. However, these newly born neurons are unable to survive long term to have any functional benefit. Therefore, in my project I’m looking at how we can enhance the survival of these newly born neurons in order to harness this capacity of endogenous adult neurogenesis to repair the injured brain

I’m supported by the Australian Postgraduate Award and am supervised by Associate Professor Ann Turnley from the Department of Anatomy and Neuroscience, University of Melbourne.