Project 2. COVID-19 associated brain injury and inflammation

Project Details

The long-term consequences of SARS- CoV-2 infection on the central nervous system is poorly understood. Understanding how SARS-CoV-2 infection results in the ‘brain fog’ and other persisting neurological manifestations described by many patients is essential to reduce the long-term health burden of the COVID-19 pandemic. This project will use cell and animal models to investigate the cause and consequence of COVID-19 associated brain injury and inflammation.


Connor Daymond, Research Project Student
Laura Ellett, PhD Student
Natalia Fortunado de Miranda, PhD Student
Yong Koo, MBiomed
Shana Portelli, PhD Student


Professor David Finkelstein, Florey Department of Neuroscience and Mental Health, The University of Melbourne

Professor John Furness,  Department of Anatomy and Physiology, The University of Melbourne

Dr Julie McAuley,  Department of Microbiology and Immunology, The University of Melbourne

Research Opportunities

This research project is available to Honours students to join as part of their thesis.
Please contact the Research Group Leader to discuss your options.

Research Group

Lawson laboratory: Transmissible neurodegeneration

Faculty Research Themes

Infection and Immunology, Neuroscience

School Research Themes

Biomedical Neuroscience, Molecular Mechanisms of Disease

Key Contact

For further information about this research, please contact the research group leader.

Department / Centre

Microbiology and Immunology

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