Demyelinating diseases (Peripheral and Central Nervous System)
Myelin biology (Oligodendrocyte and Schwann cells)
Neurotrophin signalling (Neurotrophins)
Dr Junhua Xiao is a Tenured Principal Investigator and Senior Lecturer in the Department of Anatomy and Neuroscience and currently heads the Laboratory of Neurotrophin and Myelin. Dr. Xiao graduated with Bachelor of Medicine from Nanjing Medical University (China) in 2000 and undertook postgraduate studies in the field of autonomic nervous system at The University of Melbourne and gained a Doctor of Philosophy in 2005. She undertook her postdoctoral training investigating myelin biology at Centre for Neuroscience, The University of Melbourne. In 2013, she joined the Department of Anatomy and Neuroscience as a Lecturer and established her laboratory focusing on the molecular mechanisms of myelin development and repair. Dr Xiao has been the recipient of NH&MRC/MSRA Betty Cuthbert Fellowship (2007), Society for Neuroscience (USA) Postdoctoral Chapter Travel Award (2009), Asia Pacific Society of Neuroscience Young Investigator Award (2010) and ARC Discovery Early Career Research award (2012). Her research primarily focuses on understanding how myelination is orchestrated in health and how myelin repair are perturbed in disease.