Researcher

Dr Gayathri Sundaram


My Qualifications

BVSc

MVSc (Animal Genetics and Breeding) 

PhD (Neuroscience)


My Research Activities

Ongoing projects:

  1. Emerging role of tryptophan metabolic pathway in MS – Pathophysiological characterization of novel biomarkers and development of tests for diagnosis and monitoring MS 

  2. Design and Characterisation of Novel Kynurenine pathway antibody against MS

  3. Tissue Microarray validation of Kynurenine pathway...view more


My Qualifications

BVSc

MVSc (Animal Genetics and Breeding) 

PhD (Neuroscience)


My Research Activities

Ongoing projects:

  1. Emerging role of tryptophan metabolic pathway in MS – Pathophysiological characterization of novel biomarkers and development of tests for diagnosis and monitoring MS 

  2. Design and Characterisation of Novel Kynurenine pathway antibody against MS

  3. Tissue Microarray validation of Kynurenine pathway activation and dysregulation in MS 

  4. Adaptive and Behavioural changes in KMO and QPRT knockout mice: Relevance to Multiple Sclerosis

 


My Research Supervision


Supervision keywords


Areas of supervision

ILP

Honours

Masters

PhD

 

Available Project: The characterisation of biological pathways and other biomarkers for the development of treatment and diagnostic strategies in MS and neurodegenerative diseases.

Discipline: Neurology

Project level: Project can be tailored to all levels

Supervisory Team: Bruce Brew AMDr Michael Lovelace & Dr Gayathri Sundaram

Project commencement: Variable

Summary: Currently there is a lack of effective treatments for a broad spectrup of acute and chronic neurological diseases. In many neurological diseases such as Multiple Sclerosis (MS), Motor Neurone Disease (MND) and Alzheimer’s disease, there is no cure, and the majority of patients continue to deteriorate over time. There are some similarities between the diseases in that the overall symptoms are generally driven by the death of neurons or associated oligodendrocytes (cells which envelop adjacent neurons in layers of insulating myelin protein needed for the successful transmission of nerve impulses between neurons).

Our research group is interested in a number of research areas including how we can:

* Modulate the kynurenine pathway to promote mobilization of adult brain stem cells.

* Understand the kynurenine pathway in different phases of Multiple sclerosis to predict disease progression.

* Design potential therapies for Multiple Sclerosis including antibodies directed at specific targets in the kynurenine pathway.

* Investigate novel biomarkers in neurodegeneration (i.e. BCL11b protein) to explore underlying molecular or pathological activity.

Contact: Dr Michael Lovelace at m.lovelace@amr.org.au

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Location

St Vincent's Centre for Applied Medical Research
405, Liverpool street
Darlinghurst

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Contact

0283824930