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.