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Dr Robert B White

Post Doctoral Research Fellow

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Staff Member Details



  • 2011-current: Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Parkinson’s Centre, Edith Cowan University
  • 2008-2010: Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Wellcome Trust-Funded Randall Division of Cell and Molecular Biophysics, King’s College London
  • 2007-2008: Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Muscular Dystrophy Campaign funded Randall Division of Cell and Molecular Biophysics, King’s College London

Professional Memberships

  • Australian Society for Medical Research

Awards and Recognition


  • Western Australian Department of Health New Investigator award, Combined Biological Sciences Meeting, Perth, WA, 2006.
  • The Brain Awareness Week Science Communication Prize. Symposium of Western Australian Neuroscience, Perth, WA, 2006.
  • The Australia New Zealand Society for Cell and Developmental Biology (ANZSCDB) Travel Grant Award, 2006.
  • The Human Genetics Society of Western Australia Student Prize. Combined Biological Sciences Meeting, Perth, WA, 2005.
  • The Keith Dixon Prize for Developmental Biology, ComBio ANZSCDB Prize, 2004.
  • Edith Cowan University Postgraduate Research Scholarship, 2004-2007.
  • Best Oral Presentation, Australia and New Zealand Society for Comparative Physiology and Biochemistry conference. Hobart, Tas, 2003.
  • Postgraduate Student Support Funding, Centre for Ecosystem Management (ECU). 2003.
  • Diaz Prize for Chemistry (ECU), 2002.

Research Areas and Interests

  • Transcriptional signalling
  • Stem cell fate choice
  • Regenerative medicine
  • Pax transcription factor function
  • Muscle stem cells
  • Stem cells in CNS repair

Staff Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Science Honours, Edith Cowan University .
  • PhD (Doctoral Degree), Edith Cowan University, 2008 .


Recent Research Grants

  • Engineering tools to repress MYCN in Neuroblastoma,  Cancer Council of WA Inc,  Grant - Early Career Investigator,  2013 - 2014,  $24,994.
  • The neuroprotective roles of Pax6 isoforms,  University of Western Australia,  Raine Foundation Grant,  2012 - 2013,  $100,000.
  • Switching on survival genes to save nerve cells from damage,  Edith Cowan University,  ECU Early Career Researcher - Grant,  2011 - 2012,  $24,962.

Recent Publications (within the last five years)

Journal Articles

  • Fortier, M., Figeac, N., White, R., Knopp, P., Zammit, PS., (2013), Sphingosine-1-phosphate receptor 3 influences cell cycle progression in muscle satellite cells. Developmental Biology, 382(2), 504-516, DOI: 10.1016/j.ydbio.2013.07.006.
  • Judson, R., Tremblay, A., Knopp, P., White, R., Urcia, R., De Bari, C., Zammit, P., Camargo, F., Wackerhage, H., (2012), The Hippo pathway member Yap plays a key role in influencing fate decisions in muscle satellite cells. Journal of Cell Science, 125(NA), 6009-6019, United Kingdom, DOI: 10.1242/jcs.109546.
  • White, R., Thomas, M., (2012), Moving Beyond Tyrosine Hydroxylase to Define Dopaminergic Neurons for Use in Cell Replacement Therapies for Parkinson?s Disease. CNS and Neurological Disorders - Drug Targets , 11(4), 340-349, Netherlands.
  • White, R., (2011), Looks like a duck, quacks like a duck...still behaves like a bone marrow stromal cell. Translational Research: the journal of laboratory and clinical medicine, 157(2), 53-55, DOI: 10.1016/j.trsl.2010.12.001.
  • Gnocchi, V., Scharner, J., Huang, Z., Brady, K., Lee, J., White, R., Morgan , J., Sun, Y., Ellis, J., Zammit, P., (2011), Uncoordinated Transcription and Compromised Muscle Function in the Lmna-Null Mouse Model of Emery-Dreifuss Muscular Dystrophy. PLoS One, 6(2), e16651 , DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0016651.
  • White, R., Bierinx, A., Gnocchi, V., Zammit, P., (2010), Dynamics of muscle fibre growth during postnatal mouse development. BMC Developmental Biology, 10(2010), Article Number 21, London, UK, DOI: 10.1186/1471-213X-10-21.
  • Gnocchi, VF., White, R., Ono, Y., Ellis, JA., Zammit, PS., (2009), Further Characterisation of the Molecular Signature of Quiescent and Activated Mouse Muscle Satellite Cells. PLoS ONE, 4(4), e5205, United States, DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0005205.
  • Collins, CA., Gnocchi, VF., White, R., Boldrin, L., Perez-Ruiz, A., Relaix, F., Morgan, JE., Zammit, PS., (2009), Integrated Functions of Pax3 and Pax7 in the Regulation of Proliferation, Cell Size and Myogenic Differentiation. PLoS ONE, 4(2), e4475, United States, DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0004475.
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