DR Marlene Hao

DR Marlene Hao


  • Calcium imaging and electrophysiology
  • Enteric glia
  • Enteric nervous system development
  • Neural circuit development
  • Stem cell therapy



  • Dr Marlene Hao is co-lab head of a research group together with Dr. Lincon Stamp in the Department of Anatomy and Neuroscience. Our research is focused on investigating the development of the enteric nervous system, the nervous system in the gastrointestinal tract. Proper development and function of the digestive tract is crucial for good health. Gastrointestinal function relies on the co-ordinated activity of neural circuits in the enteric nervous system. Our research is focused on the mechanisms controlling the development of the enteric nervous system and the potential of stem cell therapy for treating diseases of the gastrointestinal tract.   


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Education and training

  • PhD, University of Melbourne 2013
  • BSc (Hons), University of Melbourne 2006
  • B Biomedical Science, University of Melbourne 2005


Available for supervision

  • Y

Supervision Statement

  • Our research focuses on how neural circuits develop in the enteric nervous system and applying this knowledge to stem cell therapy to treat diseases of the gastrointestinal tract. For project details, please refer to our lab website: https://biomedicalsciences.unimelb.edu.au/sbs-research-groups/department-of-anatomy-and-neuroscience/development-of-the-enteric-nervous-system