Sara Nikseresht

I started my PhD in the field of neuroscience in 2011. My PhD research focused on a novel research topic, necroptosis in neurodegeneration. I completed my PhD in 2016 and could publish 6 papers during this time, which included those of collaborative projects, in peer reviewed journals. My publications have been focused on finding new mechanisms for neurodegeneration and developing new treatments to slow progression of neurodegenerative diseases. Following PhD completion, I achieved INSF postdoctoral fellowship, a prestigious fellowship related to the president office granted to few early career researchers country-wide as well as Ministry of Health and Medical Education postdoctoral fellowship which enabled me to design a project based on my own ideas in which I tried to find a new regulator for necroptosis pathway to impede neurodegeneration process in an animal model of cerebral ischemia. In 2018, I moved to Australia and following that I had a short-term collaboration with Prof. Ashley Bush’s research group. In 2019, I was appointed as a research fellow at the University of Melbourne, department of pharmacology and therapeutics, A/Prof Peter Crouch’s laboratory. As a part of his research team, I’m working with mouse models of motor neuron disease (MND) and conducting preclinical treatment studies with translational potential to human cases of MND.