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Biography

  • Associate Professor Roger Pocock is a NHMRC Senior Research Fellow and Head of the Development and Stem Cells Program at the Monash Biomedicine Discovery Institute. Roger leads the Neuronal Development and Plasticity Laboratory in the Department of Anatomy and Developmental Biology. His research group studies the genetic control of brain development and function.

    Roger grew up on the south coast of England where he entered the banking sector as a teenager. During his mid-twenties, Roger decided to completely change his career path and studied Genetics and Biochemistry at the University of Wales in Aberystwyth and at Washington State University on the USA.

    Roger trained as a doctoral student at the University of Oxford from 2000-2004, where he was first introduced to his favourite model organism - the nematode Caenorhabditis elegans. During this period, Roger worked on the transcriptional control of embryonic development before moving into the neuroscience field.

    Upon completion of his doctorate, Roger commenced his postdoctoral work at Columbia University Medical Centre in New York City. Here, he again used C. elegans but now to study how the nervous system senses and responds to environmental stress. This work produced ground-breaking studies in the field of hypoxia (low oxygen), insights into which are now being used to design drugs to prevent brain defects in premature newborn babies.

    In 2010, Roger started his own research group at the University of Copenhagen. The focus of his research during the early phase of his laboratory was to delineate functions of microRNAs in neuronal development and function, in addition to the control of neuronal fate programming by transcription factors. The Pocock laboratory has already yielded important insights into the genetic control of such decisions. Roger's laboratory continues to decipher mechanisms that control brain development, function and determinants of brain-intestinal communication.

    In January 2015, Roger received a Biomedicine Discovery Fellowship and a veski Innovation Fellowship to relocate his laboratory from Denmark to the Department of Anatomy and Developmental Biology at Monash University. In 2017, Roger was awarded a NHMRC Senior Research Fellowship for his work on brain-intestinal communication.

     

External positions

Victoria State Representative, ANZSCDB

Keywords

  • Axon guidance
  • C. elegans
  • Cell migration
  • Neurobiology
  • Transcription factors
  • microRNAs

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Projects 2015 2022

Research Output 2004 2019

The ETS-5 transcription factor regulates activity states in Caenorhabditis elegans by controlling satiety

Juozaityte, V., Pladevall-Morera, D., Podolska, A., Norgaard, S., Neumann, B. & Pocock, R., 28 Feb 2017, In : Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. 114, 9, p. E1651-E1658 8 p., 1610673114.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

An epidermal microRNA regulates neuronal migration through control of the cellular glycosylation state

Pedersen, M. E., Snieckute, G., Kagias, K., Nehammer, C., Multhaupt, H. A. B., Couchman, J. R. & Pocock, R. D. J., 2013, In : Science. 341, 6152, p. 1404 - 1408 5 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Hypoxia activates a latent circuit for processing gustatory information in C. elegans

Pocock, R. D. J. & Hobert, O., 2010, In : Nature Neuroscience. 13, 5, p. 610 - 614 5 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

A Protein Disulfide Isomerase Controls Neuronal Migration through Regulation of Wnt Secretion

Torpe, N., Gopal, S., Baltaci, O., Rella, L., Handley, A., Korswagen, H. C. & Pocock, R., 19 Mar 2019, In : Cell Reports. 26, 12, p. 3183-3190 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

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Rac GTPases: domain-specific functions in neuronal development

Norgaard, S. & Pocock, R., Apr 2019, In : Neural Regeneration Research. 14, 8, p. 1367-1368 2 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

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Activities 2009 2017

veski Grant Panel Member

Roger Pocock (Reviewer)
2017

Activity: External Academic EngagementPeer review panel or committee

NHMRC Project Grant Reviewer

Roger Pocock (Reviewer)
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Activity: External Academic EngagementGrant review responsibilities

veski Grant Reviewer

Roger Pocock (Reviewer)
2017

Activity: External Academic EngagementGrant review responsibilities

NHMRC Grant Panel Member

Roger Pocock (Member)
2017

Activity: External Academic EngagementPeer review panel or committee

COMBIO 2017

Roger Pocock (Session chair)
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Press / Media

SBS evening news

Roger Pocock

14/02/17

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Channel 9 news

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14/02/17

1 item of media coverage

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Radio 9AW

Roger Pocock

14/02/17

1 media contribution

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ABC Radio NSW

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14/02/17

1 media contribution

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ABC Radio Sydney

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14/02/17

1 media contribution

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