Laboratory head - Neural Networks Laboratory
Associate Professor Lucy Palmer
BSc, BA, MSc, PhD

Lucy Palmer obtained a Masters in Science from the University of Minnesota and was awarded with a Ph.D from the Australian National University in 2008. She completed postdoctoral studies at the University of Bern, Switzerland and Humboldt University, Berlin before returning to Australia to head the Neural Network Laboratory at the Florey Institute in 2013. Her laboratory investigates the neural activity contributing to sensory-based behaviour and memory formation in the mammalian brain. She is particularly interested in how synaptic input and the resulting dendritic integration is modulated by feedback information from different brain regions. To address this, her laboratory uses various techniques to record from neurons in vivo including two photon calcium imaging, somatic and dendritic patch-clamp electrophysiology and optogenetics. Through this work, the Palmer Laboratory will not only illustrate how sensory information is received, transformed and modulated in neurons, but also how this processing of synaptic input contributes to the overall neural network activity underlying learning and behaviour.


Key collaborators:

Matthew Larkum 
Greg Stuart 
Jack Waters and Costas Anastassiou 

  • Location

    Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health
    30 Royal Parade


Awards and achievements

Viertel Senior Medical Research Fellowship (2017)
Leadership in the Technology Sector Womens Agenda Award (2017)
Next Generation Leader (chair). Allen Institute for Brain Science (2015)
Ramaciotti Establishment Award. Ramaciotti Foundation (2015)
Paxinos-Watson Award, Australian Neuroscience Society (2015)
A.W. Campbell Award, Australian Neuroscience Society (2015)
CASS Foundation Travel Award (2015)
Alan Rembrach Travel Award (2015)
Co-director of CSH summer Course 'Imaging Structure and Function in the Nervous system' (2014-2018)
NHMRC Career Development Fellowship. Chief Investigator (2014).
Lawrence Creative Prize Finalist, Centenary Institute (2014)

Research Papers

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