NHMRC-ARC Dementia Research Development Fellow - Epigenetics and Neural Plasticity Laboratory
Dr Emma Burrows
BBSc (Hons) PhD

Dr Emma Burrows leads a research program aiming to understand the neurobiology underlying cognitive disorders. Her research applies novel technologies to assess behavioural changes in mouse models of Autism Spectrum Disorder, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and Dementia with a focus on translation to the clinic. After completing her PhD at Melbourne University 5 years ago, Dr Burrows travelled to The University of Cambridge, on a Victoria Fellowship to train with Professors Lisa Saksida and Tim Bussey, who originally developed rodent touchscreen testing. Her team are using a combination of invasive manipulations and non-invasive imaging with this sophisticated behavioral analysis which gives them a powerful approach for understanding mechanisms of cognitive impairment in brain diseases.

From Autism to Dementia. Apply for PhD, Masters and Honours projects by emailing emma.burrows@florey.edu.au

  • Utilising Touchscreen technology for preclinical modelling of attention in Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Investigating social communication in the Neuroligin 3 mouse model of Autism
  • The missing link: mGluR5 as a therapeutic target for cognitive decline in dementia
  • How does inflammation and amyloid-beta interact to mediate cognitive decline in Alzheimer’s disease?
  • Using the default mode network to discover more about Alzheimer’s disease
  • Designing novel rodent cognitive tasks for translation to the clinic




Emma is a passionate science communicator and tweets @embws

  • Location

    Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health
    30 Royal Parade


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