Genes underlying differentiation of enteric neuronal subtypes

Research Opportunity
PhD students, Masters by Research, Honours students, Master of Biomedical Science, Post Doctor Researchers
Department / Centre
Anatomy and Neuroscience
Medical Building
Primary Supervisor Email Number Webpage
Dr Lincon Stamp Personal web page
Co-supervisor Email Number Webpage
Dr Marlene Hao Personal web page

Summary This project aims to use RNA-sequencing to identify genes important for differentiation of several major enteric neuron subtypes. This is critical information for understanding intestinal function and future therapies.

Project Details

The adult enteric nervous system is made up of many different subtypes of enteric neurons, which perform different functions. The presence of each subtype of enteric neuron is crucial for gastrointestinal function, however, almost nothing is known about how they differentiate during development.


Dr Lincon Stamp, ARC DECRA Fellow

Dr Marlene Hao, ARC DECRA Fellow

Ms Annette Bergner, Senior Research Assistant

Yvette Wilson, Research Assistant


Professor Christine Wells, University of Melbourne

Research Outcomes

Hao MM, Foong JP, Bornstein JC, Li ZL, Vanden Berghe P, Boesmans W. Enteric nervous system assembly: Functional integration within the developing gut. Dev Biol. 2016; 417:168-81.

Hao MM, Young HM. Development of enteric neuron diversity. J Cell Mol Med. 2009; 13:1193-210.

Faculty Research Themes


School Research Themes

Biomedical Neuroscience, Stem Cells

Research Opportunities

PhD students, Masters by Research, Honours students, Master of Biomedical Science, Post Doctor Researchers
Students who are interested in joining this project will need to consider their elegibility as well as other requirements before contacting the supervisor of this research

Graduate Research application

Honours application

Key Contact

For further information about this research, please contact a supervisor.

Department / Centre

Anatomy and Neuroscience

Research Group / Unit / Centre

Stamp & Hao laboratory: Development of the enteric nervous system

Research Node

Medical Building

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