Functional characterization of epilepsy-causing mutations

Research Opportunity
Honours, Master of Biomedical Science
Number of Honour Places Available
Medicine and Radiology
Florey Institute of Neuroscience & Mental Health
Primary Supervisor Email Number Webpage
Dr Snezana Maljevic
Co-supervisor Email Number Webpage
Prof Steven Petrou

Project Details

Increasing number of genetic variants affecting ion channel genes and associated with different forms of epilepsy has been identified in the recent years. One of the important steps in understanding if and how these variants contribute to the disease phenotype is their functional characterization using different in vitro and in vivo approaches. The initial screen of detected variants is often performed in Xenopus laevis oocytes or HEK cells and involves site-directed mutagenesis, RNA production and injection, cell culture methods and two-microelectrode or patch clamp technique. In addition, biochemical methods and immunocytochemistry are applied to examine the expression and localization of affected channels. Positions is available for examining several novel mutations detected in the voltage-gated potassium channel genes and GABA receptors with the aim to examine the biophysical properties of mutated channels and mechanisms leading to the development of the disease.

Faculty Research Themes


School Research Themes

Neuroscience & Psychiatry

Research Opportunities

Honours, 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

Graduate Research application

Honours application

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Medicine and Radiology

Research Node

Florey Institute of Neuroscience & Mental Health

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