A/PROF Ann Turnley

A/PROF Ann Turnley


  • Neural regeneration, neural stem cells, nerve regrowth, glial cell activation



  • Associate Professor Ann Turnley
    Department of Anatomy and Neuroscience, The University of Melbourne

    Ann Turnley graduated from the University of Melbourne with a B.Sc. (Hons) in 1988 and a PhD, undertaken at the Walter & Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research (WEHI), in 1992. She was awarded a Lucille P. Markey Charitable Trust Visiting Fellow Award (USA) to undertake a post-doctoral position at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York. She returned to the WEHI in 1995 as an Australian Research Council Postdoctoral Fellow and then the Sir Colin and Lady MacKenzie Trust Fellow. A/Prof Turnley moved to the University of Melbourne in 2001 as the Roper Fellow, to head the Neural Regeneration Laboratory in the newly created Centre for Neuroscience. She was a National Health & Medical Research Council of Australia Senior Research Fellow from 2005-2016, Associate Director of the Centre for Neuroscience and Secretary of the Australian Neuroscience Society (2008-2011). Her primary research interests revolve around understanding signaling mechanisms that may be exploited to promote repair of the nervous system. These include regulation of neural stem cell differentiation and migration and mechanisms that inhibit or promote axonal regeneration, astrocytic gliosis and myelination, using cell culture and neural injury models.   


Member of

  • International Society for Neurochemistry. Member 2005 -
  • Society for Neuroscience (USA). Member 2003 -
  • Australian Neuroscience Society. Member 1990 -
  • Australian Neuroscience Society. Secretary 2008 - 2012


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Education and training

  • PhD, University of Melbourne 1992
  • BSc(Hons), University of Melbourne 1988



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