Neda Assareh has a PhD in Neuroscience from the University of Nottingham, UK where she investigated the antipsychotic potential of cannabidiol in preclinical models of psychiatric disease. She has extensive postdoctoral experiences at UNSW, School of Psychology (2012-2018) in animal models of neurodevelopmental/neurodegenerative disease applying transgenic and interdisciplinary techniques such as Optogenetics, DREADDs and behavioural tests. She gained further experience as a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Sydney, the Brain and Mind Centre (2018-2019), where she developed an animal model of psychiatric disease to explore the complexity of memory formation. She then joined to the Dementia Research Centre as part of A/Prof Yazi Ke’s team at Macquarie University since July 2019.
Neda is making contributions to the team’s projects on Motor Neuron Disease, Frontotemporal Dementia (FTD) and Alzheimer's Disease utilizing genetically modified mice or models of neurodegenerative diseases based on transferring recombinant adeno-associated viral vectors (rAAVs). These experiments aim to achieve a better understanding of behavioral changes and the underlying cellular mechanisms associated with neurodegenerative disease contributing to novel treatment discoveries.