Jennifer Rodger

Associate Professor, BSc Bath, PhD ParisVI

  • The University of Western Australia (M317), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth


  • 2225 Citations
  • 25 h-Index
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Personal profile



1993 BSc. Hons. in Biochemistry: University of Bath, UK.
1996 PhD in Molecular Neuroscience (Mention: Tres honourable avec les felicitations du jury): University of Paris VI. Supervisor: Prof Jacques Mallet.
“Expression of syntaxin genes in the brain: key molecules in long-term potentiation (LTP) and learning”

Funding overview

2009-2012: NHMRC Project Grant J Rodger, R Sherrard, SA Dunlop Promoting plasticity and functional recovery in the adult brain: enrichment and transcranial magnetic stimulation
2009-2012: NHMRC Project grant Harvey Rodger. Cell death in the retina: analysing the switch that triggers dependency on target-derived trophic factors.
2010-2013: NHMRC Project Grant. Bourne, Rodger. Molecular and cellular changes following a cortical injury: What role do they play in regeneration?
2011-2015: NHMRC Research Fellowship J. Rodger.
2011 -2013: ARC Linkage Grant. Rodger, Dunlop, Sherrard, Farrow,Goh. Studying the impact of pulsed magnetic fields on neural tissue.)
2013-2015 APP1049148 Kemp, Newnham, Rodger, Keelan, Jobe. Second trimester intra-amniotic treatment for early preterm birth $378,877.01
2013-2015 APP1050261 Summers, Jeffery, Canty, Hinder, Rodger, Michael The mechanisms of TMS: A translational approach $603,366.76
2015: Rodger, Harvey. Interactions between low intensity rTMS and neural circuit plasticity Neurotrauma Research Program 130,455
2015: Harvey, Rodger Neurotrauma Research Program The reconstruction of an injured CNS pathway in adult rats using gene therapy and bridging grafts. $120,000
2015: Bates, Rodger, Harvey. Can rTMS reduce glial scarring after brain injury? Neurotrauma Research Program $143,577.60
2015: Rebecca Cooper Foundation 20,000
2015: Cockell Reseasrch Collaboration award 15,000
2015: UWA Collaboration award (Rodger, Foa, Gasperini, Canty) $9000
2015: Rett Syndrome “HeARt” award: Downs, Leonard, Hu, Rodger. An evaluation of environmental enrichment for young girls with Rett syndrome” $144,233.00.
2016 (6th year): NHMRC Research Fellowship J. Rodger. APP1002258 116,000 per year
2016 Fox, Rodger, Ooi. Investigating novel stress responsive structures in MND. Motor Neuron Disease Research Institute of Australia. $100,000
2016 Lister, Rodger. Neurotrauma Research Program Characterizing the role of the dynamic epigenome in neurotrauma treatment. $148,419
2016 Rodger, Carter, Harvey Neurotrauma Research Program Switching on regeneration: using microRNAs to promote CNS repair. 147,167
2016 Rosenberg, Vallence, Rodger. Neurotrauma Research Program A tailored music therapy and real-time bio feedback mobile phone app to promote motor rehabilitation following Neurotrauma. 138,981

Current projects

Industrial relevance

optimisnig repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation techniques for clinical translation

Teaching overview

Course co-coordinator (With Dr Helmy Mulders): Neuroscience Major, Neuroscience Honours, Masters in Biomedical Sciecne and Master in Health Science (Neuroscience Specialisation)

Unit coordinator: ANIM3320 Comparative Neurobiology, ANIM5501 Evolution and Development, NEUR5011 Developmental origins of neurological disorders, NEUR1001 Neuroscience in Society

Lecturer: NEUR325 Advanced Neuroscience


• Mechanisms of topographic organisation in the brain: molecular, physiological, and theoretical approaches
• Structure-function relationships in the brain
• Brain plasticity in development and repair




  • Neurobiology and molecular biology
  • Regenerative neuroscience

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Projects 1998 2022

Research Output 1997 2018

Antenatal Corticosteroid Exposure Disrupts Myelination in the Auditory Nerve of Preterm Sheep

Rittenschober-Böhm, J., Rodger, J., Jobe, A. H., Kallapur, S. G., Doherty, D. A., Kramer, B. W., Payne, M. S., Archer, M., Rittenschober, C., Newnham, J. P., Miura, Y., Berger, A., Matthews, S. G. & Kemp, M. W., 2018, In : Neonatology. 114, 1, p. 62-68 7 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Cochlear Nerve
Myelin Sheath
Adrenal Cortex Hormones
Gestational Age
1 Citations

Combined rTMS/fMRI Studies: An Overlooked Resource in Animal Models

Seewoo, B. J., Etherington, S. J., Feindel, K. W. & Rodger, J., 23 Mar 2018, In : Frontiers in Neuroscience. 12, 17 p., 180.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

Open Access

Developmental retinal ganglion cell death and retinotopicity of the murine retinocollicular projection

Beros, J., Rodger, J. & Harvey, A. R., 1 Jan 2018, In : Developmental Neurobiology. 78, 1, p. 51-60 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Retinal Ganglion Cells
Cell Death
Superior Colliculi
3 Citations

Environmental enrichment intervention for Rett syndrome: An individually randomised stepped wedge trial

Downs, J., Rodger, J., Li, C., Tan, X., Hu, N., Wong, K., De Klerk, N. & Leonard, H., 10 Jan 2018, In : Orphanet Journal of Rare Diseases. 13, 1, 3.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Rett Syndrome
Brain-Derived Neurotrophic Factor
Motor Skills

Ephrin-A2 affects wound healing and scarring in a murine model of excisional injury

Wijeratne, D., Rodger, J., Stevenson, A., Wallace, H., Prêle, C. M., Wood, F. M. & Fear, M. W., 1 Jan 2018, (Accepted/In press) In : Burns.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Wound Healing


Tang et al rTMS in neurotrauma

Rodger, J. (Creator), The University of Western Australia, 4 Oct 2016


Grehl et al Brain Stimulation PCR array

Rodger, J. (Creator), The University of Western Australia, 29 Nov 2014