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A/Prof Marco Morsch is the Co-Director of Research in the Macquarie Medical School at Macquarie University.

A/Prof Morsch is a mid-career neuroscientist and group leader in the Macquarie Medical School of the Faculty of Medicine and Health, and Human Sciences at Macquarie University. Dr Morsch received his PhD from the University of Bonn, Germany, followed by a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Sydney. In 2014 Marco moved to Macquarie University to work at the ‘Centre for MND Research’.

A/Prof Morsch has established the first Australian zebrafish platform to characterise the process of neurodegeneration and monitor the interactions of phagocytosing microglia in real-time in the CNS of a living vertebrate (zebrafish). His unique research program allowed him to make important advances in the study of neurological diseases and, more recently, in the underlying principles of neuron-glia interactions in the healthy and stressed nervous system.

In 2018 he was awarded the ‘Outstanding mid-career researcher’ prize by MND Research Institute of Australia.



We have PhD and Masters opportunities available in our lab, including one fully funded domestic scholarships:

"Investigating neuron-glia interactions in MND/ALS" - Link here


People with an interest in MND, molecular, biology, and advanced microscopy techniques, please reach out.


Research interests

A/Prof Morsch’s research program investigates the molecular & cellular pathways affected in neurodegeneration, using novel visualization techniques, advanced molecular tools, & innovative approaches to enhance drug delivery.

To study the underlying pathological mechanism of disease he has established unique live-imaging and laser-ablation protocols to accurately monitor the degeneration process of motor neurons in the CNS and its impact on surrounding cells.

Overall the zebrafish program closes a critical gap in the field by providing a preclinical animal model that allows real-time characterisation of cellular processes in the CNS.


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