Laboratory head - Sleep and Cognition
Associate Professor Laura Jacobson

Assoc. Prof. Laura Jacobson is head of the Sleep and Cognition laboratory at the Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health and Honorary Principal Fellow at the University of Melbourne, Dept. Pharmacology & Therapeutics.

Her research interests centre on the neurobiology and pharmacology of sleep and arousal and their role in cognitive and emotional processes, particularly in the context of Alzheimer’s disease and post-traumatic stress disorder. Her team’s current major research themes include: sleep-wakefulness mechanisms as a therapeutics discovery platform for neurodegenerative and psychiatric disorders; the interface between sleep architecture, learning and memory and; the role of the orexin system in decision making.

  • Location

    Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health
    30 Royal Parade



Laura obtained her PhD in 2006 (University of Basel, Switzerland) with Prof. John F. Cryan and Prof. Anna Wirz-Justice, where she studied neuropharmacological and genetic determinants of anxiety, depression and cognitive processes using preclinical models. She joined Novartis Institutes for Biomedical Research (Basel, Switzerland) in 2007 to lead a preclinical pharmacology laboratory, conducting drug discovery research for Alzheimer’s disease, sleep and psychiatric disorders. In 2013 Laura joined the Florey, establishing her Sleep and Cognition laboratory in 2016. Laura’s research is supported by NHMRC (Australia) and the Alzheimer’s Association (USA). She has > 50 publications and is an associate editor with Frontiers in Neuroscience (Sleep and Circadian Rhythms) and Frontiers in Pharmacology (Translational Pharmacology) and an editor with Medicine in Drug Discovery (Elsevier).

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