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Students at WANRI

A major strategic goal of WANRI is to provide outstanding training in research for young scientists. Many of our academic staff supervise post-graduate students through their Honours, Masters and PhD Degrees.

Each research project is tailor made for the student after discussion with the relevant research group head.

WANRI works closely with the following Universities in enrolling students:

University of Western Australia (UWA)

Murdoch University (MU)

Notre Dame University (NDU)

Edith Cowan University (ECU)

Jonathan Teoh - PhD

I had a really good time at the ANRI. My supervisor A/Professor Meloni and the rest of the research staff in the lab have been a great support and help throughout my 4 years in the Stroke Research Group. I have received a lot of valuable advise as well as technical support while undertaking my research at the ANRI. Also, the administrative staff provided heaps of support and help in regards to dealing with the yearly reports and paper work associated with my studies. Of course, the social events organised for staff and students have been a great opportunity to mingle and get to know everyone on a more personal level.

I also appreciate ANRI organising the yearly student symposia, which gives students the opportunity to not only practice our oral presentation skills, but also to provide an update on the progress of our research to other staff members of the institute. One aspect that I may like to see happen more often is to invite more guest lecturers come and at ANRI in the broader field of neuroscience, so staff and students get more insight into the other research that’s been conducted outside of ANRI.

Jonathan Theo

Thesis submission 2013

Returned to his home state of Melbourne to continue his career in research in a post-doctoral position

Kristen Nowak - PhD
I worked as a research assistant for Prof Nigel Laing at the Australian Neuromuscular Research Institute for 2 years (1997 & 1998), before undertaking a PhD (1999 – 2001) with him and Prof John Howell. The ANRI is unique and special in that it has such a close alignment between the patients and specialists in the clinic; the patients, families and volunteers that interact with the Muscular Dystrophy Association; and then the diseases that are researched by the scientists in the Laboratories. I was frequently inspired by the researchers and clinicians who have such passion to make a positive difference for the patients whose diseases they study, and especially encouraged by the amazing patients and families I had the privilege to meet. My experiences and lessons learnt whilst studying at the ANRI put me in very good stead for undertaking a post-doctoral project at Oxford University.

David Putrino - PhD
I worked at the Australian Neuromuscular Research Institute as an Honours student during my Physiotherapy studies at Curtin University from 2003-2004, before returning to complete a PhD at the University of Western Australia under the supervision of Associate Professor Soumya Ghosh, and Professor Frank Mastaglia from 2006-2008. Since then, I have worked as a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at Harvard Medical School, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and New York University. Working at these world-class institutions has given me a new appreciation for the standard of training and mentorship that I received at ANRI. I am proud to name ANRI as the institution where I performed my early research, and I attribute much of my success to the well-rounded education that I received at this great institute. It is my hope that the superb approach to medical research that I observed every day at the ANRI has become a part of my own work ethic, and something that I will instill in the students that I train in my own laboratory at Weill Cornell Medical Colllege.

Jade Kenna - Honours
I would like to thank you once again for the opportunity of me undertaking work experience with ANRI. I had the best time whilst doing work experience. Everyone (my supervisor, A/Professor Bruno Meloni) was so friendly and accommodating towards me, always willing to help, let me help or answer my many questions! I learnt a lot and am very glad that I did work experience at ANRI. It gave me an insight into what research is like and it also reinforced my thoughts of studying neuroscience or something neuroscience related. I can see myself working at a research institute in the future and that is something that I had not really considered. All in all I found this experience very beneficial and had fun whilst undertaking it.

Wei Peng Teo - PhD

ANRI, to me, was a place where I grew from being a student into an independent researcher. My journey at the institute has taught me the skills on how to be an independent and critical thinker. Apart from cultivating my intellectual abilities, ANRI has also showed me that a research institute need not necessarily be dull and dreary, but it can also be a place of fun and warmth. The people that I have befriended at the institute are now some of my closes friends, and despite leaving ANRI for more than a year, I am still very much in contact with most of my ANRI colleagues. The support given by the support staff and both my supervisors were phenomenal and I cannot fault it in any way. I actually do not think I have anything that I can suggest improving upon except to keep up the friendly and warm culture at the institute. After leaving the institute, I spent a year in Singapore as a research fellow at a tertiary hospital focusing on neuro-rehabilitation research. I had recently taken up a position at Central Queensland University lecturing in Skill Acquisition and Motor Control in the School of Medical and Applied Sciences. I would like to say my heartiest thank you to all the staff at ANRI and I wish them all the best in the coming future.

Wei Peng

PhD student

Brain Plasticity Research Group