Dr Jana Vukovic

Senior Lect in Biomedical Sciences

School of Biomedical Sciences
Faculty of Medicine
j.vukovic@uq.edu.au
+61 7 336 52818

Overview

Dr Vukovic graduated from The University of Western Australia in 2004 with a Bachelor of Science (Honours), majoring in both neuroscience and genetics. She was awarded her PhD from the same institution in 2008. She then relocated to The University of Queensland to join Professor Perry Bartlett’s laboratory at the Queensland Brain Institute as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow. She was awarded a Queensland Government Smart Futures Fellowship in 2010. In 2015, Dr Vukovic established her independent laboratory with the School of Biomedical Sciences and the Queensland Brain Institute. Her lab investigates how microglia, the brain’s resident immune cells, influence the process of learning and memory in ageing and disease. Dr Vukovic is a recipient of an Australian Research Council (ARC) Discovery Early Career Research Award (2015–2018).

Qualifications

  • Doctor of Philosophy, The University of Western Australia

Publications

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Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy

  • Doctor Philosophy

  • Doctor Philosophy

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Available Projects

  • We have demonstrated that microglia (brain's resident immune cells) can exert a dual and opposing influence over adult neurogenesis (the birth of new neurons) in the hippocampus under different physiological conditions, namely exercise, ageing and following brain injury. The ultimate goal of our research is to link cellular and molecular events to altered behaviour, and to harness the regenerative potential of adult neurogenesis through immunomodulation to stimulate optimal cognitive function and treat conditions associated with learning and memory deficits.

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Publications

Journal Article

Conference Publication

Grants (Administered at UQ)

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

    Other advisors:

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

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Possible Research Projects

Note for students: The possible research projects listed on this page may not be comprehensive or up to date. Always feel free to contact the staff for more information, and also with your own research ideas.

  • We have demonstrated that microglia (brain's resident immune cells) can exert a dual and opposing influence over adult neurogenesis (the birth of new neurons) in the hippocampus under different physiological conditions, namely exercise, ageing and following brain injury. The ultimate goal of our research is to link cellular and molecular events to altered behaviour, and to harness the regenerative potential of adult neurogenesis through immunomodulation to stimulate optimal cognitive function and treat conditions associated with learning and memory deficits.