Brain growth and disease

Fetal nerve cells cultured in a plastic dish
which express green fluorescent protein
as well as betaIII-tubulin. 
© Julian Heng

Research overview

Associate Professor Julian Heng studies the molecular and cellular mechanisms which control fetal brain development, with particular emphasis on the production of new nerve cells and their development as functional circuits.  This research has significant implications for the diagnosis and treatment of brain disorders.  In addition, our discoveries contribute to the development of future therapies which enhance the limited regenerative capacity of the adult brain to repair itself through the formation of appropriate replacement circuits in times of injury or stress.  

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