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  • Professor Roger Pocock is a NHMRC Senior Research Fellow at the Monash Biomedicine Discovery Institute. Roger leads the Brain Development, Neuroplasticity and Stem Cells Laboratory in the Department of Anatomy and Developmental Biology. 

    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 in 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

20172019

Research area keywords

  • Caenorhabditis elegans
  • Neurobiology
  • Stem Cells
  • Transcription factors
  • microRNAs
  • Cell fate
  • Axon guidance
  • Cell migration
  • Fertility

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  • 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 of the United States of America. 114, 9, p. E1651-E1658 8 p., 1610673114.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

    14 Citations (Scopus)
  • 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

    59 Citations (Scopus)
  • 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

    78 Citations (Scopus)
  • Functions of the extracellular matrix in development: Lessons from Caenorhabditis elegans

    Amran, A., Pigatto, L., Pocock, R. & Gopal, S., Aug 2021, In: Cellular Signalling. 84, 10 p., 110006.

    Research output: Contribution to journalReview ArticleResearchpeer-review

  • Guidelines for the use and interpretation of assays for monitoring autophagy (4th edition)

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    59 Citations (Scopus)