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Jenny Rodger

Dr Jennifer Rodger

Senior Research Fellow
Biological Sciences, School of

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School of Biological Sciences
The University of Western Australia (M317)
35 Stirling Highway
+61 8 6488 2245
+61 8 6488 7527
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BSc Bath, PhD ParisVI

1993BSc. Hons. in Biochemistry: University of Bath, UK.
1996PhD in Molecular Neuroscience (Mention: Tres honourable avec les felicitations du jury): University of Paris VI. Supervisor: Prof Jacques Mallet.
“Expression of syntaxin genes in the brain: key molecules in long-term potentiation (LTP) and learning”

Key research
•Mechanisms of topographic organisation in the brain: molecular, physiological, and theoretical approaches
•Structure-function relationships in the brain
•Brain plasticity in development and repair
68.Fletcher LN, Coimbra JP, Rodger J, Potter IC, Gill HS, Dunlop SA, Collin SP. (2014) Classification of retinal ganglion cells in the southern hemisphere lamprey Geotria australis (Cyclostomata). J. Comp. Neurol. 522(4):750-7.1
69.Yates N, Robertson D, Martin-Iverson M, Rodger J (2014) Auditory Brainstem Responses of ephrin-A2-/-, ephrin-A5-/-, and ephrin-A2A5-/- mice. Audiology and Neuro-otology, 19(2):115-26.
70.Drummond ES*, Rodger J*, Penrose M, Robertson D, Hu Y, Harvey AR (2014) Effects of intravitreal injection of BA-210, or CNTF combined with an analogue of cAMP, on the dendritic morphology of regenerating adult rat retinal ganglion cells. Restor Neurol Neurosci. 32 (3), 391-402. * indicates co-first authors.
71.Hinder MR, Goss EL, Fujiyama H, Canty A, Garry MI, Rodger J, Summers JJ. (2014) Inter- and intra-individual variability following intermittent theta burst stimulation: implications for rehabilitation and recovery. Brain Stimulation, 7:365-371.
72.Mulders* WHAM, Rodger J, Albertsen M, Yates CG, Robertson D. (2014). Effects of cochlear trauma on BDNF expression in guinea pig cochlear nucleus and inferior colliculus. Otolaryngology (auditory neuroplasticity special issue) S3:006. doi: 10.4172/2161-119X.S3-006
73.Mulders WHAM, Rodger J, Yates CG and Robertson D (2014) Modulation of gene expression in guinea pig paraflocculus after induction of hearing loss [v2] F1000Research , 3:63 (doi: ).
74.Makowiecki, K, Harvey, AR, Sherrard RM, Rodger J. (2014) Low-Intensity Repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation Improves abnormal Visual Cortical Circuit Topography and upregulates BDNF in Mice. J Neuroscience, 34:10780 –10792.
75.Kemp M, Miura Y, Payne M, Jobe A, Kallapur S, Saito M, Stock S, Spiller O, Ireland D, Yaegashi N, Clarke M, Hahne D, Rodger J, Keelan J, Newnham J. (2014) Maternal intravenous administration of azithromycin results in significant fetal uptake in a sheep model of second trimester pregnancy. Antimicrobial agents and chemotherapy 58 (11), 6581-6591
76.Wijeratne D, Rodger J, Wallace H, Maghami S, Sykes M, Wood F, Fear MW. (2014) Ephrin-A2 and Ephrin-A5 are important for the functional development of cutaneous innervation in a mouse model Journal of Investigative Dermatology, 135 (2), 632-635
77.Yates NJ, Martin-Iverson M, Rodger J. (2014) The Role of Ephrin-A2 and Ephrin-A5 in Sensorimotor Control and Gating. Behavioural Brain Research, 275:225-33.
78.Grehl S, Viola H, Fuller-Carter PI, Carter KW, Dunlop SA, Hool L, Sherrard RM, Rodger J. (2015) Cellular and molecular changes to cortical neurons following low intensity repetitive magnetic stimulation at different frequencies. Brain Stimulation, 8: 114-123.
79.Morellini N, Grehl S, Tang A, Rodger J, Mariani J, Lohof AM, Sherrard RM (2015) What does low intensity rTMS do to the cerebellum? Cerebellum 14 (1), 23-26
80.Bates, KA, Rodger, J. (2015) Repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation for stroke rehabilitation - potential therapy or misplaced hope? Restorative Neurology and Neuroscience, 2014 PMID: 24595227
81.Rodger J, Sherrard RM (2015) Optimising rTMS for neural circuit repair. Neural Regeneration Research 10 (3), 357
82.Challenor M, O’Hare Doig R, Fuller P, Giacci M, Bartlett C, Hool L, Dunlop SA, Swaminathan Iyer K, Rodger J, Fitzgerald M. Prolonged glutamate excitotoxicity increases GluR1 protein but decreases mRNA of GluR1 and associated regulatory proteins in dissociated rat retinae in vitro. Biochimie 112, 160-171
83.Makowiecki K, Garrett A, Clark V, Graham SL, Rodger J. 2015 Reliability of VEP recordings using chronically implanted screw electrodes in mice. Translational Vision Science & Technology 4:2.
84.Tang AD, Makowiecki K, Bartlett CA, Rodger J. 2015 Low intensity repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation does not induce cell survival or regeneration in a mouse optic nerve crush model. PLoS ONE 10: 5, e0126949
85.Moses C, Wheeler LPG, LeVaillant CJ, Kramer A, Ryan M, Cozens GS, Sharma A, Pollett MA, Rodger J Harvey AR. 2015 The acquisition of target dependence by developing rat retinal ganglion cells. eneuro 2 (3), ENEURO. 0044-14.2015
86.Fuller-Carter PI, Carter KW, Anderson D, Harvey AR, Giles KM, Rodger J. (2015). Integrated analyses of zebrafish miRNA and mRNA expression 1 profiles identify miR-29b and miR-223 as potential regulators of optic nerve regeneration. BMC Genomics 16 (1), 591.
87.A Tang, G Thickbroom and J Rodger. (2015) Animal and experimental models of repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation. The Neuroscientist Dec 7. pii: 1073858415618897. [Epub ahead of print]
88.Wiejeratnie D, Rodger J, Wood F, Fear M. (2016). The role of Eph receptors and Ephrins in the skin. International Journal of Dermatology 55 (1), 3-10.
89.You, SW, Hellström M, Pollett MA, LeVaillant C, Moses C, Rigby PJ, Penrose M, Rodger J, Harvey AR. (2016) Large-scale reconstitution of a retina-to-brain pathway in adult rats using gene therapy and bridging grafts: an anatomical and behavioral analysis. Experimental Neurology in press (accepted Feb 2016)
90.Richman T, Spahr H, Ermer J, Davies S, Viola H, Bates K, Papadimitriou J, Hool L, Rodger J, Larsson N, Rackham O, and Filipovska A. Loss of the RNA-binding protein TACO1 causes late-onset mitochondrial dysfunction in mice. Nature Communications, 20;7:11884. doi: 10.1038/ncomms11884.
91.A D. Tang, A Garrett, A S. Lowe, R Woodward, W Bennett, A J. Canty , M I. Garry, M R. Hinder, J J. Summers, R Gersner, A Rotenberg, G Thickbroom, J Walton, J Rodger. (2016). Construction and evaluation of rodent-specific TMS coils. Front Neural Circuits. 2016 Jun 30;10:47.
92.Tang et al Rodger (2016) Low-intensity repetitive magnetic stimulation lowers action potential threshold and increases spike firing in layer 5 pyramidal neurons in vitro. Neuroscience in press, accepted 17.08.2016
93.Sykes, M, Matheson N, Brownjohn P, Tang A, Shemmell J, Rodger J, Reynolds J. Effects of anesthesia on motor evoked potentials induced by transcranial magnetic stimulation in rats: implications for plasticity studies. Submitted Frontiers in Neural Circuits Accepted 22/09/2016

Online datasets
Bates K, Walsh L, Yates C, Penrose-Menz MA, Harvey AR, Rodger J. A quantitative analysis of retinal ganglion cell dendritic morphology in ephrin-A knockout mice. Figshare

Teaching publications
Rodger J, Garrett A, Longnecker N. (2013) Effectiveness of peer review in improving science practical teaching. Teaching and Learning Forum UWA.

Funding received
2009-2012: NHMRC Project Grant J Rodger, R Sherrard, SA Dunlop Promoting plasticity and functional recovery in the adult brain: enrichment and transcranial magnetic stimulation
2009-2012: NHMRC Project grant Harvey Rodger. Cell death in the retina: analysing the switch that triggers dependency on target-derived trophic factors.
2010-2013: NHMRC Project Grant. Bourne, Rodger. Molecular and cellular changes following a cortical injury: What role do they play in regeneration?
2011-2015: NHMRC Research Fellowship J. Rodger.
2011 -2013: ARC Linkage Grant. Rodger, Dunlop, Sherrard, Farrow,Goh. Studying the impact of pulsed magnetic fields on neural tissue.)
2013-2015 APP1049148 Kemp, Newnham, Rodger, Keelan, Jobe. Second trimester intra-amniotic treatment for early preterm birth $378,877.01
2013-2015 APP1050261 Summers, Jeffery, Canty, Hinder, Rodger, Michael The mechanisms of TMS: A translational approach $603,366.76
2015: Rodger, Harvey. Interactions between low intensity rTMS and neural circuit plasticity Neurotrauma Research Program 130,455
2015: Harvey, Rodger Neurotrauma Research Program The reconstruction of an injured CNS pathway in adult rats using gene therapy and bridging grafts. $120,000
2015: Bates, Rodger, Harvey. Can rTMS reduce glial scarring after brain injury? Neurotrauma Research Program $143,577.60
2015: Rebecca Cooper Foundation 20,000
2015: Cockell Reseasrch Collaboration award 15,000
2015: UWA Collaboration award (Rodger, Foa, Gasperini, Canty) $9000
2015: Rett Syndrome “HeARt” award: Downs, Leonard, Hu, Rodger. An evaluation of environmental enrichment for young girls with Rett syndrome” $144,233.00.
2016 (6th year): NHMRC Research Fellowship J. Rodger. APP1002258 116,000 per year
2016 Fox, Rodger, Ooi. Investigating novel stress responsive structures in MND. Motor Neuron Disease Research Institute of Australia. $100,000
2016 Lister, Rodger. Neurotrauma Research Program Characterizing the role of the dynamic epigenome in neurotrauma treatment. $148,419
2016 Rodger, Carter, Harvey Neurotrauma Research Program Switching on regeneration: using microRNAs to promote CNS repair. 147,167
2016 Rosenberg, Vallence, Rodger. Neurotrauma Research Program A tailored music therapy and real-time bio feedback mobile phone app to promote motor rehabilitation following Neurotrauma. 138,981

Industrial relevance
optimisnig repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation techniques for clinical translation
Australian Neuroscience Society
Australian Society for Medical Research
Society for Neuroscience, USA
Honours and awards
Raine Priming Grant
NHMRC Senior Research Fellowship
Excellence in undergraduate teaching award
Course co-coordinator (With Dr Helmy Mulders): Neuroscience Major, Neuroscience Honours, Masters in Biomedical Sciecne and Master in Health Science (Neuroscience Specialisation)

Unit coordinator: ANIM3320 Comparative Neurobiology, ANIM5501 Evolution and Development, NEUR5011 Developmental origins of neurological disorders, NEUR1001 Neuroscience in Society

Lecturer: NEUR325 Advanced Neuroscience
Current external positions
Affiliate, WANRI
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