Dr Gabriela-Oana Bodea

NHMRC-ARC Dementia Res Develop

Mater Research Institute-UQ
Faculty of Medicine

Affiliate Research Fellow

Queensland Brain Institute


Dr. Gabriela Bodea completed her PhD in April 2014 in the laboratory of Prof. Sandra Blaess at the University of Bonn, Germany. Dr. Bodea's PhD work was focused on understanding developmental mechanisms leading to neuronal diversity in the mammalian brain. In June 2014, Dr. Bodea joined the Genome Plasticity and Disease group at Mater Research Institute – UQ where she began to study how LINE-1 retrotransposons, a class of mobile DNA elements colloquially refered as "jumping genes", may affect neuronal genome and potentially contribute to neurological disease. This work has been supported by a German Research Foundation (DFG) fellowship. In 2015, Dr. Bodea was awarded an NHMRC-ARC Dementia Research Development Fellowship to continue her work on understanding the impact of LINE-1 retrotransposon activity on specific subpopulations of neurons in the context of neurodegenerative disease.

Research Interests

  • dopaminergic system from neurodevelopment to neurodegeneration
  • epigenetic regulation in the brain


  • PhD, Bonn


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Featured Publications

Book Chapter

  • Kempen, Marie-Jeanne H. C., Bodea, Gabriela O. and Faulkner, Geoffrey J. (2017). Neuronal genome plasticity: retrotransposons, environment and disease. In Gael Cristofari (Ed.), Human retrotransposons in health and disease (pp. 107-125) New York, NY, United States: Springer. doi:10.1007/978-3-319-48344-3_5

Journal Article

Grants (Administered at UQ)