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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 developent before moving into the neuroscience field.

Upon completon 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 groundbreaking 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.

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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

Research output: Contribution to journalReview ArticleResearchpeer-review

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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

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

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

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Proteomic characterisation of Caenorhabditis elegans larval development

Xia, T., Horton, E. R., Salcini, A. E., Pocock, R., Cox, T. R. & Erler, J. R. Jan 2018 In : Proteomics. 18, 2, 16 p., 1700238

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Activities 2009 2017

Monash Graduate Research Conference

Pocock, R. D. J. (Invited speaker)
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Activity: Contribution to conference

NHMRC Grant Panel Member

Pocock, R. D. J. (Member)
2017

Activity: Peer review panel or committee

F1000Research (Journal)

Pocock, R. D. J. (Peer reviewer)
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Activity: Peer review responsibility

COMBIO 2017

Pocock, R. D. J. (Session chair)
2017 → …

Activity: Contribution to conference

veski Grant Reviewer

Pocock, R. D. J. (Reviewer)
2017

Activity: Grant review responsibilities

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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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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1 media contribution

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ABC Radio Sydney

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14/02/17

1 media contribution

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