Even though 2020 has been a tough year, we have performed well with 7 published papers, two of which were led by PhD students, River and Hilary. To cap off the year, the lab was awarded the Judy Mitchell MND Research Innovator Grant by the MND Research Australia. This grant was jointly awarded to Victor, Jocelyn and our collaborator, Dr. Mihwa Lee (La Trobe University) to investigate molecular mechanisms underlying the cytoplasmic aggregation of the RNA binding protein, SFPQ, in ALS. Finally, we are very proud of Hilary, whose work on PICK1 in synaptic vesicle recycling (Yong et al., Cell Reports, 2020) was selected as the Runner Up of QBI Best Student Publication Prize 2020. We wish everyone a happy festive season and all the very best in 2021.
We wish to congratulate the following lab members for their achievements:
Victor received an ARC Discovery Project Grant to study the regulatory mechanism of NMDA receptor trafficking by protein phosphorylation. This project is supported by our collaborators, Dr. Angelo Keramidas (QBI, UQ), A/Prof. Brett Collins (IMB, UQ) and Prof. Katherine Roche (National Institutes of Health, USA), all of whom are co-Investigators in this successful grant application.
Dr. Asami Oguro-Ando (University of Exeter) and Victor were co-awarded a QUEX Institute Initiative Grant, which funds a new collaborative project between the two labs on the role of cell adhesion molecules on neurodegeneration.
Victor received an NHMRC Project Grant to study the molecular mechanism of glutamate receptor trafficking (with A/Prof. Brett Collins, IMB, UQ).
Jocelyn was also awarded an Early Career Researcher Grant from The University of Queensland to further advancing her work on the epitranscriptomic mechanisms of learning and memory. Congratulations!
Congratulations to Jocelyn and Iris for being awarded the highly competitive Discovery Early Career Researcher (DECRA) Fellowships from ARC. Jocelyn will investigate the role of epitranscriptomic regulation in synaptic plasticity, while Iris will elucidate the mechanisms underlying glutamate receptor trafficking in central neurons.
Victor also receives an ARC Discovery Project Grant to study the molecular mechanims of synaptic vesicle recycling (with Prof. Mike Cousin, The University of Edinburgh, UK).
The lab receives three NHMRC Project Grants to investigate molecular mechanisms of NMDA receptor trafficking (with A/Prof. Brett Collins, UQ), to determine the mechanisms underlying recovery from general anaesthesia (with A/Prof. Bruno van Swinderen, UQ) and to explore the role of vitamin D in regulating L-type voltage-gated calcium channel function (with Prof. John McGrath, UQ).
The lab receives an AADRF Project Grant. Many thanks to the Alzheimer's Australia Dementia Research Foundation for the generous support.
The lab receives an NHMRC Project Grant (together with Dr. Thomas Fath, UNSW) for funding period 2015-2018
Victor was awarded a Fellowship in Ageing Dementia Research from the John T. Reid Charitable Trusts, enabling him to establish the Synaptic Neurobiology Lab. The lab is a member of the Clem Jones Centre for Ageing Dementia Research within the Queensland Brain Institute, The University of Queensland.
Synaptic Neurobiology Lab