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Deputy Director Education and group leader

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Thomas Fath

Professor


Dementia Research Centre, Department of Biomedical Sciences

Phone: +61 2 9850 2640

Prof Thomas Fath is Deputy Director of the Dementia Research Centre and Professor in the Department of Biomedical Sciences of the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences at Macquarie University. Previous to this, he was the Head of the Neurodegeneration and Repair Unit (NRU) and Head of the Neuro… View full profile

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Miss Tamara Tomanic

Tamara Tomanic is a PhD student at Dementia Research Centre, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Macquarie University. Her research topic focuses on the functional dynamics of tropomyosin isoforms and actin in the postsynaptic compartment in relation to Alzheimer’s disease. Her interest in Neur… View full profile

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Holly Stefen

Research Assistant


Department of Biomedical Sciences

Phone: +61-2-9850-2672
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Esmeralda Paric

Research Assistant


Department of Biomedical Sciences

Phone: +61-2-9850-2672

Deputy Director Operations and group leader

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Yazi Ke

Associate Professor


Dementia Research Centre, Department of Biomedical Sciences

Phone: +61 2 9850 2641

Associate Professor Yazi Ke is the Deputy Director (Operations) of the Dementia Research Centre and Associate Professor in the Department of Biomedical Sciences of the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences at Macquarie University. After obtaining her PhD (Medicine) from University of Sydney (USyd)… View full profile

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Dr Annika van Hummel


Dementia Research Centre, Department of Biomedical Sciences

Phone: +61 2 9850 2672

Annika van Hummel completed her PhD in S100 proteins in osteoarthritis in 2014 under the supervision of Prof Hala Zreiqat and Prof Christopher Little at The University of Sydney. She then joined the Dementia Research Unit at The University of New South Wales working as a postdoctoral researcher with… View full profile

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Ms Gabriella Chan

Gabriella Chan is a Masters student in the Dementia Research Centre in the Department of Biomedical Sciences of the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences at Macquarie University. Gabriella completed her undergraduate degree in Computer Science and Science at the University of New South Wales in 20… View full profile

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Ms Yijun Lin


Dementia Research Centre, Department of Biomedical Sciences

Phone: +61 2 9850 2672

Yijun started her first research activities in A*Star's Institute of Materials Research and Engineering (IMRE) in Singapore in completion of her honours thesis titled "Nanoparticles for oral delivery of drugs". She moved to Sydney in 2016 to work for the Dementia Research Unit in UNSW (headed by Pro… View full profile

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Dr Neda Assareh

Neda Assareh has a PhD in Neuroscience from the University of Nottingham, UK where she investigated the antipsychotic potential of cannabidiol in preclinical models of psychiatric disease. She has extensive postdoctoral experiences at UNSW, School of Psychology (2012-2018) in animal models of neurod… View full profile

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Ms Andrea Chan


Dementia Research Centre, Department of Biomedical Sciences

Andrea is a research assistant doing histology and tissue processing at the Dementia Research Centre, Faculty of Medicine and Health Science. She has worked at Victor Chang Cardiac Research Insitute where she specialised in langendorff perfusion isolating mouse cardiomyocytes from all ages.… View full profile

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Dr Emilija Robinson


Dementia Research Centre, Department of Biomedical Sciences

Emilija Robinson is a Research Officer at the Dementia Research Centre of the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences at Macquarie University. Moving from the ETH Zurich, where she was a Research Assistant at the Institute of Plant Molecular Biology, she joined the DRC in 2020. She holds a doctorate… View full profile

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Dr Fabien Delerue


Dementia Research Centre, Department of Biomedical Sciences

Phone: +61 2 9850 2646

Doctor Fabien Delerue is the Head of the Genome Editing at Macquarie (GEM), a transgenic core developed in joint venture by the Dementia Research Centre (DRC) and the Macquarie Animal Research Services (MARS). Fabien graduated from the University of Bordeaux in France and received his PhD from the U… View full profile

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Mr Daniel Tan Chun Sin

Daniel Tan is currently a PhD student in the Dementia Research Centre and Genome Editing at Macquarie (GEM). He graduated from the University of New South Wales with a Bachelor of Science (Honours) degree and a Diploma in Molecular Biotechnology from Nanyang Polytechnic (Singapore). During the cours… View full profile

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Dr Arne Ittner


Dementia Research Centre, Department of Biomedical Sciences

Phone: +61 2 9850 2649

Arne graduated in Molecular Biology and Biochemistry from Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETH Zurich), Switzerland, in 2006 and received his PhD from ETH Zurich in 2010 for work on signal transduction by protein kinases. Arne moved then to University of Sydney, Australia, to work as po… View full profile

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Ms Kristie Stefanoska


Dementia Research Centre, Department of Biomedical Sciences

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Mr Emmanuel Prikas


Department of Biomedical Sciences

After many years in the health and fitness industry, I decided to study biological science in a laboratory. I completed an Adv Dip in Nutrition to enter into Adv Sci (Hon) at UNSW, where I focused on pharmacology and neuroscience. I concluded that the nervous system and brain would be the most chall… View full profile

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Dr Prita Asih


Dementia Research Centre, Department of Biomedical Sciences

Dr. Prita Riana Asih earned her Bachelor of Science degree with first class Honours in Biotechnology at Murdoch University in 2014, for which she was awarded an upper first class and the prize of best student in Biotechnology for her year. Her project was focused on investigating the role of translo… View full profile

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Dr Amanda Tan


Dementia Research Centre, Department of Biomedical Sciences

I had completed my PhD in molecular biology and genetics at The University of New South Wales in 2019 with where I investigated the role of a cell adhesion molecule (NEGR1) within the synpase.  With my work closely aligned to neuroscience, I sought to continue my research interests at the DRC under … View full profile

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Ms Holly Ahel


Department of Biomedical Sciences

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Dr Adam Martin


Dementia Research Centre, Department of Biomedical Sciences

Adam Martin completed his PhD at UWA in 2011 with Professor Colin Raston in the area of supramolecular chemistry. He then commenced a postdoctoral position at the University of Nottingham with Professor Martin Schröder synthesising novel ligands for new metal organic frameworks. In 2013 he moved to … View full profile

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Dr Daryl Ariawan


Dementia Research Centre, Department of Biomedical Sciences

Daryl completed her PhD at UNSW Sydney in the field of synthetic organic chemistry. Currently, Daryl is working at Dementia Research Centre (DRC) synthesising novel peptide sequence for disease therapeutics.… View full profile

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Dr Biyun Sun


Dementia Research Centre, Department of Biomedical Sciences

Biyun completed her PhD in medicinal chemistry at UNSW Canberra, and her research was involved in making Mono- and tetra-nuclear polypyridylruthenium(II) complexes as therapeutic agents. Her research interests on bacteria and tissue culture will continue during her appointment in DRC, where she will… View full profile

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Dr Janet Van Eersel


Dementia Research Centre, Department of Biomedical Sciences

Phone: +61 2 9850 2670

Dr Janet van Eersel is a group leader in the Dementia Research Centre in the Department of Biomedical Sciences of the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences at Macquarie University. Janet recieved her PhD from the Department of Pathology at the University of Sydney in 2010. She then began working a… View full profile

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Mrs Magdalena Przybyla


Dementia Research Centre, Department of Biomedical Sciences

Magdalena Przybyla is a postdoctoral fellow in the Dementia Research Centre in the Department of Biomedical Sciences of the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences at Macquarie University. Magdalena conducted her bachelor and master’s degree at the University of Bremen, (Germany) with the focus on N… View full profile

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Miss Julia van der Hoven

Julia van der Hoven completed her Bachelor of Science majoring in physiology and pharmacology at The University of Sydney in 2011. In 2012, she completed her Honours project on investigating the spreading of tau protein pathology under the supervision of Prof Lars Ittner. After working in community … View full profile

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Ms Nicolle Morey

After completing an Undergraduate Masters in Molecular and Cellular Biology at the University of Bath, England, Nicolle started her career as a transgenic technician at the Francis Crick Institute, London. There, she spent over three years contributing to all aspects of the Genetic Manipulation Serv… View full profile

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Dr Shelley Forrest


Dementia Research Centre, Department of Biomedical Sciences, Department of Biomedical Sciences

Dr Shelley Forrest is a group leader at the Dementia Research Centre in the Department of Biomedical Sciences, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences at Macquarie University. She completed her PhD in Neuroscience from The University of Sydney in 2013 and commenced postdoctoral training in the Disci… View full profile

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