Associate Professor Helen Cooper

Principal Research Fellow

Queensland Brain Institute
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Research Interests

  • Neural Migration
    The adult human brain contains approximately 1011 neurons which make an estimated 1014 synaptic connections. How is such a astonishing structure generated? Cell and axon migration are fundamental processes essential for establishing the architectural plan of the central nervous system during vertebrate embryogenesis. Newly born neurons migrate along predefined pathways to establish the variety of distinct structures present in the adult brain. In addition, young neurons must also extend axons to their appropriate targets in order to establish the extensive network of connections found between neurons in the adult brain. Research in the Neural Migration Laboratory focuses on the molecular signalling systems governing neural differentiation, migration and axon pathfinding in the embryonic brain. This team has now identified several important cell surface receptors essential for these developmental processes. Current research is aimed at discovering how these receptors function during key phases of nervous system development. To address these questions we use both the mouse and zebrafish as our developmental models.


  • Bachelor of Science, University of Melbourne
  • PhD, University of Melbourne


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  • Master Philosophy

  • (2018) Doctor Philosophy

  • Master Philosophy

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Book Chapter

  • Cooper, Helen M. and Paterson, Yvonne (2008). Production of polyclonal antisera. In Frederick M. Ausubel, Roger Brent, Robert E. Kingston, David D. Moore, J. G. Seidman and Kevin Struhl (Ed.), Current protocols in molecular biology (pp. 11.12.1-11.12.10) New York, U.S.: John Wiley. doi:10.1002/0471142727.mb1112s81

Journal Article

Conference Publication

Other Outputs

  • Cooper, Helen M. and Paterson, Yvonne (2008) Production of polyclonal antisera in John E. Coligan (eds.) Current protocols in immunology. New York, USA: Wiley

  • Cooper, Helen M. and Paterson, Yvonne (2008) Production of polyclonal antisera in J. Paul Robinson (eds.) Current protocols in cytometry. New York, USA: Wiley

Grants (Administered at UQ)

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

Completed Supervision