Karissa Barthelson

Karissa Barthelson

School of Biological Sciences

Faculty of Sciences


All types of neurodegenerative diseases share common molecular mechanisms responsible for disease etiology and progression. I am interested in understanding these shared mechanisms, as targeting the common problems could lead to new therapeutics to benefit more individuals who live with these diseases. 

To understand the shared molecular mechanisms, our research group utilises the small freshwater fish, the zebrafish, as a model organism. We introduce mutations into zebrafish which are equivalent to those which cause neurodegenerative diseases in humans (e.g. Alzheimer's disease, Sanfilippo syndrome childhood dementia), and analyse their brains with very high molecular detail. 

 

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  • Awards and Achievements

    Date Type Title Institution Name Country Amount
    2021 Award The Harold Woolhouse Prize The University of Adelaide Australia $1000
  • Education

    Date Institution name Country Title
    2017 - 2021 University of Adelaide Australia Doctor of Philosophy
    2016 - 2016 University of Adelaide Australia Bachelor of Science (Hons)
    2010 - 2015 The University of Adelaide Australia Bachelor of Science
  • Postgraduate Training

    Date Title Institution Country
    2021 - 2022 Postdoctoral Research Officer University of Adelaide Australia
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  • Journals

    Year Citation
    2021 Barthelson, K., Pederson, S. M., Newman, M., & Lardelli, M. (2021). Brain transcriptome analysis of a protein-truncating mutation in sortilin-related receptor 1 associated with early-onset familial alzheimer's disease indicates early effects on mitochondrial and ribosome function. Journal of Alzheimer's Disease, 79(3), 1105-1119.
    DOI Scopus2 WoS2 Europe PMC1
    2021 Barthelson, K., Newman, M., Nowell, C. J., & Lardelli, M. (2021). No observed effect on brain vasculature of Alzheimer's disease-related mutations in the zebrafish presenilin 1 gene. Molecular Brain, 14(1), 22-1-22-4.
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    2021 Barthelson, K., Dong, Y., Newman, M., & Lardelli, M. (2021). PRESENILIN 1mutations causing early-onset familial Alzheimer’s disease or familial acne inversa differ in their effects on genes facilitating energy metabolism and signal transduction.
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    2021 Barthelson, K., Pederson, S. M., Newman, M., Jiang, H., & Lardelli, M. (2021). In-Frame and Frameshift Mutations in Zebrafish Presenilin 2 Affect Different Cellular Functions in Young Adult Brains. Journal of Alzheimer's Disease Reports, 5(1), 395-404.
    DOI Scopus1
    2021 Barthelson, K., Dong, Y., Newman, M., & Lardelli, M. (2021). PRESENILIN 1 mutations causing early-onset familial alzheimer's disease or familial acne inversa differ in their effects on genes facilitating energy metabolism and signal transduction. Journal of Alzheimers Disease, 82(1), 327-347.
    DOI Europe PMC1
    2021 Chin, H. Y., Lardelli, M., Collins-Praino, L., & Barthelson, K. (2021). Loss of park7 activity has differential effects on expression of iron responsive element (IRE) gene sets in the brain transcriptome in a zebrafish model of Parkinson's disease.. Mol Brain, 14(1), 83.
    DOI Scopus1 WoS1 Europe PMC1
    2021 Barthelson, K., Baer, L., Dong, Y., Hand, M., Pujic, Z., Newman, M., . . . Lardelli, M. (2021). Zebrafish Chromosome 14 Gene Differential Expression in the fmr1hu2787 Model of Fragile X Syndrome. Frontiers in Genetics, 12, 1-11.
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    2021 Barthelson, K., Newman, M., & Lardelli, M. (2021). Brain transcriptomes of zebrafish and mouse Alzheimer's disease knock-in models imply early disrupted energy metabolism. Disease Models and Mechanisms, 1-62.
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    2021 Barthelson, K., Newman, M., & Lardelli, M. (2021). Comparative analysis of Alzheimer’s disease knock-in model brain transcriptomes implies changes to energy metabolism as a causative pathogenic stress.
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    2021 Dong, Y., Newman, M., Pederson, S. M., Barthelson, K., Hin, N., & Lardelli, M. (2021). Transcriptome analyses of 7-day-old zebrafish larvae possessing a familial Alzheimer’s disease-like mutation in psen1 indicate effects on oxidative phosphorylation, ECM and MCM functions, and iron homeostasis. BMC Genomics, 22(1), 211-1-211-16.
    DOI Scopus2 WoS2 Europe PMC1
    2020 Barthelson, K., Pederson, S. M., Newman, M., & Lardelli, M. (2020). Brain transcriptome analysis reveals subtle effects on mitochondrial function and iron homeostasis of mutations in the SORL1 gene implicated in early onset familial Alzheimer’s disease.
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    2020 Barthelson, K., Newman, M., & Lardelli, M. (2020). Sorting Out the Role of the Sortilin-Related Receptor 1 in Alzheimer's Disease.. J Alzheimers Dis Rep, 4(1), 123-140.
    DOI Europe PMC3
    2020 Jiang, H., Pederson, S. M., Newman, M., Dong, Y., Barthelson, K., & Lardelli, M. (2020). Transcriptome analysis indicates dominant effects on ribosome and mitochondrial function of a premature termination codon mutation in the zebrafish gene psen2. PLoS One, 15(7), e0232559-1-e0232559-25.
    DOI Scopus2 WoS2 Europe PMC1
    2020 Barthelson, K., Pederson, S. M., Newman, M., & Lardelli, M. (2020). Brain transcriptome analysis reveals subtle effects on mitochondrial function and iron homeostasis of mutations in the SORL1 gene implicated in early onset familial Alzheimer's disease.. Molecular brain, 13(1), 142.
    DOI Scopus5 WoS5 Europe PMC2
    2020 Barthelson, K., Pederson, S., Newman, M., & Lardelli, M. (2020). Transcriptome analysis of a protein-truncating mutation in sortilin-related receptor 1 associated with early-onset familial Alzheimer’s disease indicates effects on mitochondrial and ribosome function in young-adult zebrafish brains.
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    2020 Barthelson, K., Pederson, S. M., Newman, M., Jiang, H., & Lardelli, M. (2020). Frameshift and frame-preserving mutations in zebrafish presenilin 2 affect different cellular functions in young adult brains.
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    Chin, H. Y., Lardelli, M., Collins-Praino, L., & Barthelson, K. (n.d.). Differential effects of loss of park7 activity on Iron Responsive Element (IRE) gene sets: Implications for the role of iron dyshomeostasis in the pathophysiology of Parkinson’s disease.
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Genetics III

  • Guest lecturer. 2018-2019, 2021.
  • Practical Demonstrator. 2018-2021

Scientific Basis of Medicine II

  • Tutor. 2021

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