Alisa Turbic

Ms Alisa Turbić - BSc (Hons)

Research Assistant

Alisa is a Research Assistant with Women's Mental Health Division at Monash Alfred Psychiatry Research Centre (MAPrc) running the National Register of Antipsychotic Medication in Pregnancy (NRAMP) project aimed at providing a better understanding of the safety and effect of antipsychotic medication during pregnancy and breastfeeding. Alisa spent majority of her career working as a Senior Research Assistant at the Melbourne Brain Centre at The University of Melbourne where she managed research projects examining the factors that may be exploited to promote repair of the nervous system following brain injury and disease. She transitioned to public health research in 2016 by obtaining a position in the School of Public Health and Preventative Medicine at Monash University and subsequently commenced her positon at MAPrc in May 2018. To date, she has contributed to several research projects, which have led to a number of peer-reviewed publications and presentations at professional conferences, nationally and internationally.



  Peer-reviewed publications

1.       Dixon, K.J., Turbić, A., Turnley, A.M., and Liebl, D.J. (2017). Explant Methodology for Analyzing Neuroblast                 Migration. Biological Protocols 7(9). pii: e2249.

2.       Basrai, H.S., Turbić, A., Christie, K. J., and Turnley, A.M. (2017). Suppressor of Cytokine Signalling 2 (SOCS2)      Regulates Numbers of Mature Newborn Adult Hippocampal Neurons and Their Dendritic Spine Maturation. Cellular and Molecular Neurobiology 37(5):899-909.

3.      Dixon, K.J., Mier, J., Gajavelli, S., Turbić, A., Turnley, A.M., and Liebl, D.J. (2016). EphrinB3 restricts endogenous neural stem cell migration after traumatic brain injury. Stem Cell Research 17(3):504-513.

4.       Basrai, H.S., Christie, K.J., Turbić, A., Bye, N., and Turnley, A.M. (2016). Suppressor of Cytokine Signaling-2 (SOCS2) Regulates the Microglial Response and Improves Functional Outcome after Traumatic Brain Injury in Mice. PLoS ONE 11(4):e0153418. 

5.      Bye, N, Christie, K.J., Turbić, A., Basrai, H.S., and Turnley, A.M. (2016). Rho kinase inhibition following traumatic brain injury in mice promotes functional improvement and acute neuron survival but has little effect on neurogenesis, glial responses or neuroinflammation. Experimental Neurology 279:86-95.

6.      Dent, K. A., Christie, K. J., Bye, N., Basrai, H. S., Turbić, A., Habgood, M., Cate, H. S., and Turnley, A. M. (2015). Oligodendrocyte birth and death following traumatic brain injury in adult mice. PLoS ONE 10(3):e0121541.

7.      Uren, R.T., Turbić, A., Wong, A.W., Klein, R., Murray, S.S., and Turnley, A.M. (2014). A novel role of suppressor of cytokine signaling-2 in the regulation of TrkA neurotrophin receptor biology. Journal of Neurochemistry 129(4):614-27.

8.     Merson, T.D., Castelletto, S., Aharonovich, I., Turbić, A., Kilpatrick, T.J., and Turnley, A.M. (2013). Nanodiamonds with silicon vacancy defects for nontoxic photostable fluorescent labeling of neural precursor cells. Optics Letters 38(20):4170-3.

9.     Christie, K.J., Turbić, A., and Turnley, A.M. (2013). Adult hippocampal neurogenesis, Rho kinase inhibition and enhancement of neuronal survival. Neuroscience 5;247:75-83.

10.   Turbić, A., Leong, S.Y., and Turnley, A.M. (2011). Chemokines and inflammatory mediators interact to regulate adult murine neural precursor cell proliferation, survival and differentiation. PLoS One 6(9):e25406.

11.   Leong, S.Y., Faux, C.H., Turbić, A., Dixon, K.J., and Turnley, A.M. (2011). The Rho kinase pathway regulates mouse adult neural precursor cell migration. Stem Cells 29(2):332-43.

12.   Pettolino, F., Sasaki, I., Turbić, A., Wilson, S.M., Bacic, A., Hrmova, M., and Fincher, G.B. (2009). Hyphal cell walls from the plant pathogen Rhynchosporium secalis contain (1,3/1,6)-beta-D-glucans, galacto- and rhamnomannans, (1,3;1,4)-beta-D-glucans and chitin. FEBS Journal 276(14):3698-709.

13.  Lum, M., Turbić, A., Mitrovic, B., and Turnley, A.M. (2009). Fibroblast growth factor-9 inhibits astrocyte differentiation of adult mouse neural progenitor cells. Journal of Neuroscience Research 87(10):2201-10.

14.   Turbić, A., Ahokas, J.T., and Haskard, C.A. (2002). Selective in vitro binding of dietary mutagens, individually or in combination, by lactic acid bacteria. Food Additives and Contaminants 19(2):144-52 

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