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    Australia

20042022
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Personal profile

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 2018

Behavioral assays to study oxygen and carbon dioxide sensing in Caenorhabditis elegans

Romanos, T. R., Ng, L. & Pocock, R., 5 Jan 2018, In : Bio-protocol. 8, 1, 14 p., e2679.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleOtherpeer-review

Brain energy and oxygen metabolism: Emerging role in normal function and disease

Watts, M. E., Pocock, R. & Claudianos, C., 22 Jun 2018, In : Frontiers in Molecular Neuroscience. 11, 13 p., 216.

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Computational analysis of the Caenorhabditis elegans Germline to study the distribution of nuclei, proteins, and the cytoskeleton

Gopal, S. & Pocock, R., 19 Apr 2018, In : Journal of Visualized Experiments. 2018, 134, 9 p., e57702.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleOtherpeer-review

Distinct CED-10/Rac1 domains confer context-specific functions in development

Norgaard, S., Deng, S., Cao, W. & Pocock, R., 28 Sep 2018, In : PLoS Genetics. 14, 9, 24 p., e1007670.

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Hub connectivity, neuronal diversity, and gene expression in the Caenorhabditis elegans connectome

Arnatkeviciute, A., Fulcher, B. D., Pocock, R. & Fornito, A., 12 Feb 2018, In : PLoS Computational Biology. 14, 2, 32 p., e1005989.

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Activities 2009 2017

ANZSCDB State Representative

Roger Pocock (Executive Member)
20172019

Activity: External Academic EngagementProfessional association or peak discipline body

Honours thesis examination

Roger Pocock (Examiner)
2017 → …

Activity: Examination typesThesis Examination

veski Grant Reviewer

Roger Pocock (Reviewer)
2017

Activity: External Academic EngagementGrant review responsibilities

COMBIO 2017

Roger Pocock (Session chair)
2017 → …

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesContribution to conference

veski Grant Panel Member

Roger Pocock (Reviewer)
2017

Activity: External Academic EngagementPeer review panel or committee

Press / Media

SBS evening news

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14/02/17

1 media contribution

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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

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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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