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Benjamin Hunn

Postgraduate Student


I am interested in the molecular mechanisms underpinning pathogenesis of neurodegenerative diseases, and potential therapies related to these mechanisms. I studied medicine at the University of Tasmania, in Australia, and during this time I undertook an intercalated research year in the laboratory of Doctor Lisa Foa and Professor David Small at the Menzies Research Institute, where I worked on the biochemistry of Alzheimer’s disease.  I have also spent time overseas gaining medical experience, working with the Sudan Medical Relief Project in South Sudan (, and in neuropathology at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in the United States. In my final year of medical school I gained a Rhodes scholarship to continue my work on neurodegeneration in the Wade-Martins Laboratory at the University of Oxford. Following graduation I worked as a medical doctor for one year in the Royal Hobart Hospital, and was appointed an honorary clinical lecturer at the University of Tasmania. During this time I worked on a disease registry for granulomatous hypophysitis (  

My DPhil project centres on mouse models of Parkinson’s disease, and what they can tell us about the pathogenesis of the disease. We are interested in determining the major contributing processes to the pathological hallmarks of Parkinson's disease, and how these may be ameliorated. I am grateful to the Rhodes Trust for my scholarship, and to the Guarantors of Brain for top-up funding.

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Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery with Distinction (2012)

University of Tasmania

Bachelor of Medical Science with First Class Honours (2010)

University of Tasmania