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Jessica Mountford

Dr Jessica Mountford

Research Associate
Biological Sciences, School of

Contact details
School of Biological Sciences
The University of Western Australia (M317)
35 Stirling Highway
PhD Monash
Dr. Jessica K. Mountford joined the Neuroecology group, within the School of Animal Biology in January 2013 as a post doctoral research scientist. Here she has focused on investigating genetic causes of a number of inherited retinal diseases alongside W/Prof David M. Hunt, with the aim to help identify those at risk of developing retinal disease.

Prior to moving to WA, she completed her undergraduate science degree at Monash University, majoring in immunology, pathology and virology, and later completing her honours and PhD. in the Thrombosis lab at the Australian Centre for Blood Diseases, located at the Alfred hospital, Melbourne. Her PhD. project focused on the investigation of a novel lipid kinase found to modulate the adhesive function of platelets, a pivotal component of thrombus development, capable of causing both heart attack and occlusive stroke.

Key research
Visual opsin
Inherited retinal disease
Molecular biology
Evolutionary biology
Voltage gated potassium channels
Mountford, J. K., Petitjean, C., Kusuma Putra, H. W., McCafferty, J. A., Setiabakti, N. M., Lee, H., Tønnesen, L. L., McFadyen, J. D., Schoenwaelder, S. M., Eckly, A., Gachet, C., Ellis, S., Voss, A. K., Dickins, R. A., Hamilton, J. R and Jackson, S. P. (2015). The Class II PI 3-kinase, PI3KC2α, links platelet internal membrane structure to shear-dependent adhesive function. Nat. Comm. DOI: 10.1038/ncomms7535.

Lee, H, Sturgeon, S.A., Mountford, J.K., Jackson, S.P and Hamilton, J.R. (2012). Safety and efficacy of targeting platelet protease-activated receptors in combination with existing anti-platelet drugs as antithrombotics in mice. Br J Pharmacol. doi: 10.1111/j.1476-5381.2012.01944.x.

Hamilton, J.R., Mountford, J.K., Cornelissen, I. and Coughlin, S.R. (2009). Atherosclerotic lesioning of mouse aorta occurs independently of thrombin-induced platelet activation: evidence from protease-activated receptor 4 deficient mice. Atherosclerosis. 205, 427-432.
- English
- Indonesian (basic)
- The Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO).
- Australasian Society of Clinical and Experimental Pharmacology and Toxicology (ASCEPT).
- Australian Vascular Biology Society (AVBS).
Honours and awards
- Australian Postgraduate Award (2008 – 2012).
- Firkin Summer Scholarship Award (2006-2007).
Previous positions
Research Officer,
Australian Centre for Blood Diseases,
Faculty of Medicine, Nursing, and Health Sciences,
Monash University (May 2012- December 2012)
- Practical Class Demonstrator, Molecular Microbiology, Monash University (3rd year BMS) (2009).
- Practical Class Demonstrator, Human Pathology, Monash University (3rd year BMS) (2008-2009).
- Practical Class Demonstrator, Immunology, Monash University (3rd year BMS) (2007).
Research profile
Research profile and publications

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