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Dr Ava Handley is an early-career molecular neuro-biologist in the Biomedicine Discovery Institute at Monash University, Melbourne.

After beginning her research career studying gene clusters that regulate bacterial self-defense at New Zealand’s Massey University, Ava re-located to Germany in 2010 to take up a Marie Curie fellowship at the European Molecular Biology Lab, Heidelberg. It was at EMBL that she developed a passion for chromatin biology, which led her work on cell-type specific chromatin landscapes in the Drosophila nervous system at Munich University.

Following a short postdoc at Berlin’s Humboldt University, Ava joined the group of A/Prof Roger Pocock at Monash University in 2017. In her current work, Ava takes a systems-biology approach to understand how gene regulation in the nervous system controls organismal metabolism

Research area keywords

  • Caenorhabditis elegans
  • Neurobiology
  • Gene Regulation
  • Transcription factors
  • Metabolism


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