The Plastic Brain

About Me

I am a secondary school teacher in Adelaide, Australia. I have a Bachelors Degree in Biotechnology and went on to a PhD at Flinders University. My thesis was on Gene Therapy for treating Spinal Cord Injury. After graduating, I worked at the Arvid Carlsson Institute in Sweden, developing techniques for gene transfer into neural stem cells. I returned to Australia in 2005, working at the Florey Neuroscience Institutes. At the Florey I developed new models of and a blood test for Parkinson’s Disease.

In 2010, I decided to pursue a teaching career. My passion for science had led me into medical research. As a professional scientist I had achieved my goals of working in cutting-edge institutes, conference presentations and publication in leading journals. However, I felt increasingly confined by my high degree of specialisation. I realised that through teaching I could satisfy my broad love of science and mathematics, could connect with young people to share that passion, and make a positive contribution to my community.

I am happy to say that every stage of my career change has vindicated my decision. Teaching is brilliant and suits me to the core. I have never been so intellectually challenged, so emotionally engaged and so committed to my work. Every day is an adventure.

I have been blogging and tweeting as DrAdenozine since 2011.

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2 thoughts on “About Me

  1. Dear Rogan,

    thank you for your nice blog. I really enjoyed your posts. It’s always nice to see that there are engaged and inspired teachers out there, especially these days that I have quite opposite experiences with the biology teacher of my son, 9th grade. 😉

    I found your blog while I was searching on the internet for a nice picture illustrating a “plastic brain”. I am a behavioral biologist/neuroscientist at the University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf (Hamburg, Germany). I am preparing a lecture on “network plasticity” that will be posted for an online course for master students within a research consortium in which I am one of the principal investigators (here is the link: http://sfb936.net). I wonder whether I can use the picture of the “brain cube” in one of the slides of the lecture, of course with the reference to your blog/web page (https://dradenozine.wordpress.com or whatever you prefer).

    Best regards,
    Fabio

    • Hi Fabio, thanks for the positive comment. The course you are contributing to looks great.

      The banner I made for my blog incorporates an image which is not mine. It is a publicity image for this product: http://www.coolthings.com/brain-cube/. The artist who produced it, and who should get your credit, is Jason Freeny (https://jasonfreeny.com/). There are plenty of other fascinating sculptures on his site worth exploring as well.

      As for you son, I am sorry to hear that that he isn’t connecting with his biology at the moment – hopefully things will turn around soon.

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