Genetic and anatomical basis of brain lateralisation

Genetic and anatomical basis of brain lateralisation

Programs Available

MRes Year 2 + PhD OR Direct entry PhD 

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Opening Date

01 Apr 2020 12am AEDT 

Closing Date

31 Aug 2020 12am AEST 

Scholarship available to



One of the ultimate goals of neuroscience is to link genes to anatomy and behaviour.  This Project aims to understand how the left and right sides of the brain become specialised for different cognitive functions—a phenomenon called lateralisation.  Lateralisation in humans is manifested as preferential use of the left or right hand for manual tasks and brain hemispheric specialisations for language. In other animals, lateralisation is evident in other behaviours such as preferential use of the left or right eyes for viewing prey, mates or predators.  The Project is funded by the Australian Research Council and the work will be conducted primarily at Macquarie University (Sydney), but with opportunities to work with collaborators at the University of Queensland (Brisbane).  Using a chicken model of brain lateralisation, you will quantify patterns of differential gene expression that give rise to anatomical and functional asymmetries during development and localise changes in gene expression to specific brain areas and circuits. The successful applicant will conduct gene expression microarray/RNAseq analysis, in situ hybridisation and immunohistochemistry experiments, and potentially behavioural testing of birds.


This scholarship is available to eligible domestic or international candidates to undertake an MRes Year 2 (1 year) + PhD (3 years) program or direct entry PhD (3 years)

Scholarship Components

The scholarship is comprised of a Tuition Fee Offset and a Living Allowance Stipend Scholarship. The value and tenure of the scholarship is a MQRES full-time stipend rate of $28,092 per annum (2020 rate, tax exempt and indexed annually)

Contact Details

Name: Assoc Prof Nathan Hart
Phone: 02 9850 6952

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