Michelle completed her undergraduate studies at Monash University, majoring in Developmental Biology. Her honours research project was focused on determining novel molecular mechanisms that drive the development of sex-specific characteristics in an organism, a process known as gonadal sex determination and development. Extending her interest in genetic research, Michelle's PhD research aims to characterise novel genes that are important for maintaining the structural integrity of the nervous system over an organisms lifetime. The identification of these genes will open new avenues for neurobiological research and assist in the development of novel therapeutics for neurodegenerative diseases.
Michelle joined the Neumann lab in February 2016.
Abay ZC, Wong MYY, Teoh JS, Vijayaraghavan T, Hilliard MA and Neumann B (2017). Phosphatidylserine ‘save-me’ signals drive functional recovery of severed axons in Caenorhabditis elegans. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences accepted 21st Aug 2017. Brief summary.