Dr Jess Nithianantharajah

Dr. Jess Nithianantharajah is an ARC Future Fellow and heads the Synapse Biology and Cognition laboratory within the Division of Behavioural Neuroscience at the Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health, University of Melbourne. She completed her doctorate in behavioural neuroscience at the University of Melbourne and commenced postdoctoral training at the Howard Florey Institute investigating gene-environment interactions on neural plasticity. In 2008, she was recruited as a postdoctoral fellow by Prof. Seth Grant at the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, Cambridge UK during which time she also held a joint appointment at the University of Cambridge working with Professors Tim Bussey and Lisa Saksida on the development of the novel rodent touchscreen cognitive tests. She relocated in 2011 to the University of Edinburgh and in 2014, came back to the Florey Institute as an independent group leader. Her research interests lie in understanding the role of synaptic genes in cognition and disease.