2019 Symposium Organisers

Massimo A Hilliard, CJCADR, Queensland Brain Institute, The University of Queensland

Brent Neumann, Biomedicine Discovery Institute, Monash University

Roger Pocock, Biomedicine Discovery Institute, Monash University

Peter Boag, Biomedicine Discovery Institute, Monash University

Symposium Secretary

Ms Victoria Anderson 

aces@qbi.uq.edu.au

Clem Jones Centre for Ageing Dementia Research

Speakers

Professor Hang Lu

Hang Lu is the Love Family Professor in the School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at Georgia Tech.  She received a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Illinois in 1998, a M.S. in Chemical Engineering Practice from MIT in 2000, and a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from MIT in 2003, working with Dr. Klavs F. Jensen and Dr. Martin A. Schmidt.  She did her postdoctoral training (2003-2005) with Dr. Cori Bargmann at UCSF and at the Rockefeller University.  Prof. Lu is the recipient of an ACS Analytical Chemistry Young Innovator Award, a National Science Foundation CAREER award, an Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Research Fellowship, a DuPont Young Professor Award, a DARPA Young Faculty Award, Council of Systems Biology in Boston Prize in Systems Biology, Georgia Tech Junior Faculty Teaching Excellence Award, and Georgia Tech Outstanding PhD Thesis Advisor Award; she was also named an MIT Technology Review TR35 top innovator, and honored with Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Van Ness Award Lecture in 2011, and the Saville Lecture at Princeton in 2013.  She is an elected fellow of American Association for the Advancement of Science and an elected fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering.

Associate Professor Sreekanth Chalasani

Sreekanth obtained his B.S. froOsmania University, and an advanced diploma in Computer Science.  He then did research at the National Center for Biological Sciences in Bangalore before going to the US in 1997.  He obtained his PhD from the University of Pennsylvania in 2003, and did a postdoctoral training at University of California San Francisco and The Rockefeller University.  He started his laboratory at the Salk Institute in 2010, where he is interested in understanding the basic principles underlying neural circuit functions.  He is a recipient of a Glenn Award for Research in Biological Mechanisms of Aging, a W.M. Keck Foundation Award, a March of Dimes Basil O’Connor Starter award, and a Blavatnik Award for Young Scientists.

Professor Fred Meunier

Professor Frederic Meunier obtained his Masters degree in Neurophysiology at the Paris XI University, France in 1992 and completed his Ph.D in Neurobiology at the CNRS in Gif-sur-Yvette, France in 1996. He was the recipient of a European Biotechnology Fellowship and went on to postgraduate work at the Department of Biochemistry at Imperial College (1997-1999) and at Cancer Research UK (2000-2002) in London, UK. After a short sabbatical at the LMB-MRC in Cambridge (UK), he became a group leader at the School of Biomedical Sciences at the University of Queensland (Australia) in 2003. He joined the Queensland Brain Institute of the University of Queensland in 2007 and obtained an NHMRC senior research fellowship in 2009 renewed in 2014 with promotion. He became Professor in 2014 at the Queensland Brain Institute and is currently part of the Centre for Ageing Dementia Research.

Dr Zhaoyu Li

How the neural network regulate behavior is one of the most fundamental questions in neuroscience.  Dr. Zhaoyu Li is interested in the circuit and molecular mechanisms underlying sensorimotor integration and computation. His research involves multidisciplinary approaches, including optogenetics, quantitative behavioral analysis, and in vivo calcium imaging with freely behaving animals.  Dr. Li obtained his PhD in Huazhong University of Science & Technology, and carried out his postdoctoral research in the University of Michigan, Ann Harbor.  He will start his own lab at the Queensland Brain Institute, The University of Queensland, in September 2017.

Dr John Lin

Dr Lin completed his PhD at the University of Auckland under the supervision of Professor Janusz Lipski.  He spent a brief amount of time as a postdoctoral fellow with Assistant Professor Gang Tong at the Burnham Institute (renamed Sanford Burnham Medical Research Institute in 2010) in San Diego, California in 2005.  In 2006, he then joined Professor Roger Y. Tsien's research group at the University of California, San Diego as a postdoctoral research fellow.  In 2014, Dr. Lin joined University of Tasmania School of Medicine as a Lecturer in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology to start his own research group. He focuses on the development of protein-based tool to monitor and manipulate cellular activities with light.  The ultimate goals of developing these tools to utilise them to further understand how activity of individual cells or ensembles of cells in the brain lead to the behaviour of organisms.