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DR Sherie Ma


  • Characterisation of the firing properties of nucleus incertus/relaxin-3 neurons in anaesthetised and unanaesthetised rats (in vivo extracellular unit recordings, juxtacellular labelling)
  • Characterisation of the role of the neuropeptide, relaxin-3, in higher cognitive behaviours (septohippocampal, theta rhythm, spatial memory, pacemaker cells, nucleus incertus, amygdala, emotional memory, fear conditioning)



Member of

  • Australian Neuroscience Society. Member 2001 - 2011
  • International Brain Research Organization. Member 2001 - 2011
  • International Society for Neurochemistry. Member 2001 - 2011
  • Society for Neuroscience. Post Doctoral Member 2001 - 2011
  • Australasian Society of Clinical and Experimental Pharmacologists and Toxicologists. Member 2000 - 2011


Selected publications


Additional Grant Information

  • 2011: Awarded LEW Carty Equipment Grant 2010: Awarded Early Career Researcher Grant by The University of Melbourne 2008: Awarded Equipment Grant by Perpetual Trustees Australia 2008: Awarded Biomedical Australian Postdoctoral Fellowship by the NHMRC 2006: Awarded Equipment Grant by Australia and New Zealand Bank Trustees   


Education and training

  • PHD, University of Melbourne 2005
  • BSc (Hons), Monash University 2001

Awards and honors

  • Gordon Research Conference: Amygdala in Health and Disease Travel Award, 2011
  • Australasian Society of Clinical and Experimental Pharmacologists and Toxicologists Denis Wade Johnson & Johnson New Investigator Award, 2011
  • International Brain Research Organization (IBRO) World Congress Travel Fellowship, 2011
  • Scientific Visits to Europe Scheme, Australian Academy of Science, 2010
  • Young Investigator Award, International Society for Neurochemistry (ISN) Young Investigator Award, 2009
  • NHMRC Fellowship, 2008
  • Neurochemistry Travel Grant, Australian Neuroscience Society, 2008
  • Early Career Researcher Travel Grant, CASS Foundation Australia, 2008
  • Young Investigator Award, International Conference on Relaxin and Related Peptides, 2008
  • Travel Grant, Ian Potter Foundation, 2006
  • Travel Grant, International Brain Research Organization, 2006
  • Postgraduate Overseas Research Experience Scholarship, The University of Melbourne, 2003
  • Travel Award, Australian Neuroscience Society, 2003
  • Travelling Award for Research Training, NHMRC (Australia), 2003
  • Dora Lush (Biomedical) Postgraduate Research Scholarship, NHMRC (Australia), 2001