Dr Jess Fletcher completed her PhD at the University of Sydney in 2013 investigating the molecular pathophysiology of inherited brain disease in canine models. She joined the University of Melbourne in 2015 as a Multiple Sclerosis Research Australia Postdoctoral Fellow, was awarded the 2018 Melbourne Neuroscience Institute (MNI) Fellowship. Her research focus is determining the molecular events required for myelin plasticity and regeneration in the brain and understanding how oligodendroglia (the myelin producing cells) influence healthy brain function. Her ultimate goal is to use this knowledge to design therapies for conditions where myelin perturbations and oligodendrocyte dysfunction contribute to disability, such as Multiple Sclerosis, traumatic injury and anxiety.
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Current Research Focus
Glial cell biology, neurotrophins, multiple sclerosis, neurodegeneration
Field of Research Description 110903 Central nervous system 111902 Cellular nervous system
- Cell biology
- Fluorescence microscopy
- Image analysis
- Animal models of demyelinating disease
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I'm looking for skills in molecular biology, transcriptomics, neurodegenerative disease models, lipid metabolism and autoimmunity.