My research program investigates the mechanisms of spontaneous and intervention mediated rehabilitation in pre-clinical models of neonatal ischemic stroke/cerebral palsy, adult cortical ischemic stroke, and spinal cord injury (SCI). My translational research program directly address two of the most challenging problems in stroke and neurological disease research: how do we prevent widespread neuronal cell death immediately after a stroke or spinal cord injury and how do we promote functional rewiring in surviving neural networks to yield the greatest possible functional recovery for patients?Techniques: My research makes use of cutting-edge molecular (RNA-Seq, q-PCR), anatomical (immunohistochemical, histological), functional (whole-cell patch clamp electrophysiology) and pharmacological (novel venom peptides) approaches with a strong focus on translational capacity.
I have a strong track record of teaching excellence in the areas of human anatomy with specialist expertise in neuroanatomy and musculoskeletal anatomy.
I am committed to pursuing excellence in anatomy teaching through educational leadership and development of novel digital teaching and assessment resources. I am especially passionate about technology driven teaching for large (600+) cohorts of students. My teaching practice uses novel and engaging techniques, including digital anatomy resources such as virtual and augmented reality, and 3D anatomy apps to enhance student learning and increase engagement. I am committed to excellence in anatomy teaching and providing an innovative and technology driven learning experience for all students.
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Conditional microglial depletion in rats leads to reversible anorexia and weight loss by d..
Is more always better? How different 'doses' of exercise after incomplete spinal cord inju..
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Stroke Severity, and Not Cerebral Infarct Location, Increases the Risk of Infection
Raymond Shim, Shu Wen Wen, Brooke J Wanrooy, Michelle Rank, Tharani Thirugnanachandran, Luke Ho, Tara Sepehrizadeh, Michael de Veer, Velandai K Srikanth, Henry Ma, Thanh G Phan, Christopher G Sobey, Connie HY Wong
Journal article | 2019 | Translational Stroke Research
Infection is a leading cause of death in patients with stroke; however, the impact of cerebral infarct size or location on infecti..
Functional changes in deep dorsal horn interneurons following spinal cord injury are enhanced with different durations of exercise training.
MM Rank, JR Flynn, CR Battistuzzo, MP Galea, R Callister, RJ Callister
Journal article | 2015 | The Journal of physiology
KEY POINTS: Exercise training after spinal cord injury (SCI) enhances collateral sprouting from axons near the injury and is thoug..
Polysynaptic excitatory postsynaptic potentials that trigger spasms after spinal cord injury in rats are inhibited by 5-HT1B and 5-HT1F receptors
Katherine C Murray, Marilee J Stephens, Michelle Rank, Jessica D'Amico, Monica A Gorassini, David J Bennett
Journal article | 2011 | Journal of Neurophysiology
Recovery of motoneuron and locomotor function after spinal cord injury depends on constitutive activity in 5-HT2C receptors
Katherine C Murray, Aya Nakae, Marilee J Stephens, Michelle Rank, Jessica D'Amico, Philip J Harvey, Xiaole Li, R Luke W Harris, Edward W Ballou, Roberta Anelli, Charles J Heckman, Takashi Mashimo, Romana Vavrek, Leo Sanelli, Monica A Gorassini, David J Bennett, Karim Fouad
Journal article | 2010 | Nature Medicine
Honours, Awards and Fellowships
Faculty Engagement Award
Sensory Neuroscience Prize for Outstanding New Research
Deputy Vice Chancellor Award for Best ECR Researcher
Award for Excellence in Medical Research by an ECR
Snr Lecturer Topographic Anatomy
Anatomy And Neuroscience
Florey Department Of Neuroscience And Mental Health
Anatomical Society of Australia and New Zealand
American Association of Anatomists
Australasian Neuroscience Society
Society for Neuroscience
University of Alberta
Bachelor of Science (Honours) Neuroscience