Circadian plasticity of the enteric nervous system

Research Opportunity
PhD students, Honours students, Master of Biomedical Science
Number of Honour Places Available
1
Number of Master Places Available
1
Primary Supervisor Email Number Webpage
Dr Marlene Hao hao.m@unimelb.edu.au
Co-supervisor Email Number Webpage
Dr Lincon Stamp lstamp@unimelb.edu.au

Summary Our group is interested in the development of the enteric nervous system and stem cell therapies for enteric neuropathies. The enteric nervous system is responsible for the co-ordinated control of gut function. Enteric neurons and glia are located in a network of interconnecting ganglia within the wall of the gastrointestinal tract. Correct development of this nervous system is crucial for proper control of digestive function. Please refer to our website for more information on our research and publications:

Project Details

Correct control of gut motility is crucial for the health and function of all animals. Gut function changes throughout the 24-hr day/night cycle with increased motility when we are awake. What controls these daily oscillating changes in gut output is unknown. Our data show there are daily alterations in the enteric nervous system, which is located in the gastrointestinal tract and controls its function. In this project, we will examine how plasticity of the enteric nervous system through the circadian cycle leads to changes in gut function.



Research Opportunities

PhD students, Honours students, Master of Biomedical Science
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

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Honours application

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