Associate Professor Jess Nithianantharajah

Research Group Leader, The Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health

STEM sidebyside program participant in 2018

Jess became a Selection Panel member for the veski inspiring women STEM sidebyside program in 2019 as a representative of the STEM sidebyside program alumni.

Associate Professor Jess Nithianantharajah is an Australian Research Council Future Fellow and heads the Synapse Biology and Cognition laboratory at the Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health.

She completed her PhD in behavioural neuroscience at The University of Melbourne, then trained at the Howard Florey Institute in Melbourne, Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, University of Cambridge and University of Edinburgh in the UK before being recruited back to the Florey Institute in 2014 as an independent group leader.

Jess' research uses novel technology she was involved in developing in the UK, which has revolutionised how we study cognition in animal models. Her work aims to understand how the connections between brain cells are important for mental processes such as learning, memory and attention and what happens when these functions become abnormal in brain disorders.

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