Adelaide Medical School
Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences
I completed a PhD at the University of Melbourne in 2019 exploring the pathophysiology of cognitive impairment in schizophrenia. More specifically, I examined whether there is a causal relationship between deficits in a particular subtype of interneuron, disruption to gamma oscillatory electrical activity in the brain and working memory impairment. Through this project, I developed expertise in a number of pre-clinical and laboratory-based skills, including awake in vivo electrophysiology recordings and rodent behavioural testing.
I have a keen interest in exploring the aetiology and pathophysiology of a suite of psychiatric disorders, along with that of associated and co-morbid cognitive impairment. I believe that success in this endeavour will demand the use of multidisciplinary approach. I now hold a position as a research officer in the Adelaide Medical School Discipline of Psychiatry. In this role, I am involved in collecting and analysing data from a number of clinical populations, including patients with schizophrenia and bipolar disorder.
Date Position Institution name 2020 Lecturer University of Adelaide 2020 Research Officer University of Adelaide 2020 Tutor and course assistant University of Adelaide
Awards and Achievements
Date Type Title Institution Name Country Amount 2020 Teaching Award Special Commendation COVID-19 Emergency Teaching Response University of Adelaide Australia — 2019 Award Annual Meeting Travel Award International Behavioural Neuroscience Society United States — 2016 Scholarship Australian Postgraduate Award/Research Training Program Scholarship University of Melbourne Australia —
Date Institution name Country Title 2016 - 2020 University of Melbourne Australia PhD (Neuroscience) 2015 - 2015 University of Melbourne Australia Bachelor of Science (Hons) 2010 - 2013 University of Queensland Australia Bachelor of Arts (Psychology)/Bachelor of Science (Biomedical Science)
Date Title Institution name Country 2020 ICH E6 GCP Training Health Translation South Australia Australia 2019 Mental Health First Aid Mental Health First Aid Australia Australia
Year Citation 2020 Hudson, M. R., Sokolenko, E., O'Brien, T. J., & Jones, N. C. (2020). NMDA receptors on parvalbumin-positive interneurons and pyramidal neurons both contribute to MK-801 induced gamma oscillatory disturbances: Complex relationships with behaviour. Neurobiology of Disease, 134, 1-13.
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2020 Sokolenko, E., Nithianantharajah, J., & Jones, N. (2020). MK-801 impairs working memory on the Trial-Unique Nonmatch-to-Location test in mice, but this is not exclusively mediated by NMDA receptors on PV+ interneurons or forebrain pyramidal cells. Neuropharmacology, 171, 108103-1-108103-11.
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2019 Sokolenko, E., Hudson, M. R., Nithianantharajah, J., & Jones, N. C. (2019). The mGluR₂⁄₃ agonist LY379268 reverses NMDA receptor antagonist effects on cortical gamma oscillations and phase coherence, but not working memory impairments, in mice. Journal of Psychopharmacology, 33(12), 1588-1599.
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Acting course co-coordinator 2021:
- Essentials of Neuroscience (HLTH SC 1001)
- Neurological Diseases (PATHOL 3200) 2021
Contributing lecturer 2021:
- NURSING 1005, 2005, 2008
- HLTH SC 2104
- PATHOL 3101
Course assistant and tutor 2020:
- Foundations of Neuroanatomy (ANAT SC 2006)
- Essentials of Neuroscience
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