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Research student supervision

Primary Supervisor

-Nicholas Kakabouras, MRes2

Associate Supervisor

-Natalie Scherer, PhD
-Andres Vidal-Itriago, PhD
-Jack Stoddart, PhD

Previous students

-Maddy Tym, MRes2
-Alison Hogan, PhD


Dr Emily Don is an early-career researcher and lecturer in the Faculty of Medicine, Health and Human Sciences at Macquarie University. Emily completed her PhD in the Department of Anatomy and Histology at the University of Sydney in Australia.  Her PhD researched focused on the genetic basis of limb development and loss using zebrafish as a model system.  In 2013, she joined the newly formed Motor Neuron Disease Research Centre at Macquarie University to transition into neuroscience research by applying her previous experience in zebrafish models to the field of motor neuron disease research. In 2018, Emily was appointed as a lecturer of Professional Practice, reflecting her keen interest in the intersection of research and professionalism.


Unit Convenor -Foundations in Ethics and Society, B.ClinSci

Block Lead -Human Body, MQMD 

Theme Lead -Embryology, MQMD

Theme Lead -Histology, MQMD

Research interests

Dr Don has previously developed a molecular toolkit for the generation of zebrafish models of neurodegenerative disease.  Using this toolkit, the team has established several zebrafish models of motor neuron disease and transgenic lines for the in vivo, real time study of the nervous system.  Emily’s research aims to build on that work by developing a molecular toolkit of genetically encoded reporters in order to study the development and aging of the nervous system and the pathology of neurodegenerative disease in zebrafish models.

External positions

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Research Output

The redox activity of protein disulfide isomerase inhibits ALS phenotypes in cellular and zebrafish models

Parakh, S., Shadfar, S., Perri, E. R., Ragagnin, A. M. G., Piattoni, C. V., Fogolín, M. B., Yuan, K. C., Shahheydari, H., Don, E. K., Thomas, C. J., Hong, Y., Comini, M. A., Laird, A. S., Spencer, D. M. & Atkin, J. D., 22 May 2020, In : iScience. 23, 5, p. 1-27 44 p., 101097.

Macquarie University

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access
  • Pathogenic mutation in the ALS/FTD gene, CCNF, causes elevated Lys48-linked ubiquitylation and defective autophagy.

    Lee, A., Rayner, S. L., Gwee, S. S. L., De Luca, A., Shahheydari, H., Sundaramoorthy, V., Morsch, M., Hogan, A., Don, E., Williams, K., Yerbury, J. J., Blair, I., Atkin, J. D., Molloy, M. P. & Chung, R. S., 8 Feb 2019. 1 p.

    Macquarie University

    Research output: Contribution to conferenceAbstractResearchpeer-review