Dr Lila Landowski

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Postdoctoral neuroscience fellow (School of Medicine)
University of Tasmania
Hobart, TAS, Australia


Brain, neuroscience, peripheral neuropathy, neuropathy, pain, fatigue, stroke, dementia, nerve regeneration, axon guidance, histology, brain injury, ageing, neurogenesis, stress


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Previous media experience

Extensive experience with live radio recordings (at least monthly, since 2015). Local neuroscience expert called in for radio commentary and regular radio segments on ABC radio. Regularly presents at public events including Pint of Science, Science in the Pub, festival of Bright ideas and BeakerStreet @TMAG, and other local institutions. Writes for a range of audiences through the Australian Science channel, and has been published in The Conversation, Griffith Reviews, Harpers Bazaar, Island Magazine, Lois Magazine and local newspapers.


As a neuroscientist, Lila’s research expertise is in axon guidance, neural repair mechanisms and therapeutic development for nerve damage. In 2014, after completing her PhD at the Menzies Research Institute Tasmania, Lila trained at the Peripheral Nerve lab at the Mayo Clinic to cement her status as an emerging leader in the field of peripheral nerve injury. She was recruited to teach and coordinate neuroscience units at the Wicking Dementia Centre at the same time. In recent years, her research focus has shifted from peripheral neuropathy to stroke and fatigue. She is currently a postdoctoral fellow in the lab of Professor David Howells. For several months (from August 2016 - April 2017), Lila spent time as a visiting scholar at the Florey Institute’s Melbourne Brain Centre (Austin Hospital, Melbourne), developing surgical skills and a novel model of stroke to bring back to UTAS. With the support of a $450,000 investment from the Royal Hobart Hospital Research Foundation, her foremost research goal is to transform the success of pre-clinical stroke research.

Lila has 8 years teaching experience with the University of Tasmania, primarily in undergraduate medicine. Expanding on these roles, she coordinated units in basic neuroanatomy and pathology of dementia for at the Wicking Dementia Centre.

Lila has a strong personal focus on the importance of science communication, public outreach, and community health and well-being.

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Last updated: 22 Jul 2019