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Dr Sina Shadfar is an Early Career Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Cellular Neurobiology Team within the multidisciplinary Centre for Motor Neuron Disease (MND) Research at Macquarie University. Dr Shadfar received his master’s degree in neuropharmacology from the college of Pharmacy, Yeungnam University in South Korea, where he studied the role of neurotrophic factors in Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s disease. During 2014 ‐ 2017, he worked as a research assistant and lab manager in the College of Pharmacy, Yeungnam University.

 During his PhD, Dr Shadfar has identified novel proteins as new therapeutic targets for MND in both cells and in vivo models (zebrafish, rodents, and C. elegans). In 2018, he was awarded Federation of Europian Neuroscience Societies and International Brain Organization's (FENS-IBRO) young investigators training grant to join to the Leibniz Institute for Molecular Pharmacology (FMP) in Berlin, Germany, where he trained to use   Caenorhabditis elegans (C. elegans) as a model to study ALS, under the supervision of  Prof. Dr. Janine Kirstein. 

Research interests

Cellular and Molecular Neurobiology; Neurodegenerative Disease; Amyotrophic Lateral sclerosis; Motor Neuron Disease


- MEDI2900; Introduction to Medical Research, Macquarie Medical School, Macquarie University, Australia

- MEDI3301; Clinical Neurosciences, Department of Clinical Medicine, Macquarie University, Australia

-MEDI304; Advanced Clinical Science, Department of Biomedical Sciences, Macquarie University, Australia

- CBMS 201/ CBMS 602; Biochemistry and Cell Biology, Department of  Chemistry and Biomolecular Sciences, Macquarie University, Australia

- Advanced Pharmacology, College of Pharmacy, Yeungnam University, South Korea, 2014-2017

Research student supervision

Macquarie University, Australia

Fabiha Farzana, MRes Student, (Associate supervisor)

Tia Laquinto, Bachelor of Clinical Sciences Student (Academic mentor)

Jaylen Collett, Bachelor of Clinical Sciences Student (Academic mentor)


Community engagement

- Member of Macquarie University MND centre social committee team; 2021- present

- HDR students representative at  Macquarie University MND centre executive committee; 2019- 2021

- Member of Macquarie University MND centre social media team; 2020- present

- Atkin's lab representative at the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences Lab users meeting; 2018- present


Education/Academic qualification

Neurobiology, PhD, Macquarie University


Award Date: 8 Apr 2021

Neuropharmacology, Master's degree, Yeungnam University

30 Sep 201322 Feb 2016

Award Date: 22 Feb 2016

External positions

Research/Teaching assistant, Yeungnam University



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