Owen obtained his PhD in Prof. Andy Choo’s group at the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute, working on the structure of centromeric chromatin. He stayed in Andy Choo’s group to complete a first postdoc investigating the formation of new centromeric chromatin in cancer cells. Owen then moved to the UK in 2012 to undertake a second postdoc in Prof. Andrea Brand’s group at the University of Cambridge, where he studied the epigenetic changes that drive the process of neural development. He returned to Australia in 2016 to establish his own research group at the Menzies, investigating the epigenetic changes in the adult brain that occur during learning, ageing and neurodegeneration.
Caroline received her PhD from Kansas State University, USA, studying the role of post-translational modifications of a family of scaffolding transmembrane proteins called tetraspanins. Caroline switched to Drosophila neurobiology for her first postdoc at RIKEN, Japan, where she investigated the gene network regulating class specification in sensory neurons. Caroline is now undertaking a second postdoc in Owen’s group, investigating Alzheimer’s disease and the epigenetic processes underlying memory formation in the fly brain.
Grace finished her Bachelor of Biomedical Science at La Trobe University in 2014, and her Master of Science (Genetics) at the University of Melbourne in 2016. For her Masters research project Grace investigated how knockdown of the Polycomb group ubiquitinase Sex combs extra affects wing disc eversion during Drosophila development. She joined Owen’s lab in March this year as a research assistant.
Ciarán is a PhD student interested in using mathematical models to describe biological systems. Ciarán’s first degree was a Bachelor of Engineering, majoring in Computer Systems. In the years before joining the Marshall lab, he has worked as a professional programmer/software developer within the Faculty of Health at the University of Tasmania.