Terri-Ann Scanlon

Recipient of Australian Postgraduate scholarship

Terri is a PhD student at LaTrobe University, Bundoora. She is currently completing her studies under the supervision of Professor Martin Pera, University of Melbourne department of Anatomy and Neuroscience.

Terri’s PhD project is titled “Identifying the Molecular Control of Neural Plasticity Following Ischemic Stroke”. Using the Pera lab’s protocol of differentiating neurons from human embryonic stem cells, Terri will develop an in vitro Stroke disease model. This model will help investigations into the genetic factors controlling neural plasticity processes such as: synaptic activity, dendritic arborisation and axonal sprouting. These “plasticity” processes are thought to aid in patient recovery after Ischemic Stroke. Understanding the genetic control of recovery after Stroke will help in developing effective Stroke therapies using personalised medicine.

Terri graduated from LaTrobe University with a BSc (Hons) in Molecular Biology; she has worked as a research assistant in the same field before taking on her doctoral studies.