• Michelle Rank

    Senior Lecturer/The University of Melbourne

  • Dr Michelle Rank is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Anatomy and Neuroscience at The University of Melbourne. Dr Rank’s research focuses on understanding the molecular and functional mechanisms of plasticity within neural circuits, particularly motor circuits, after an injury to the CNS. She uses cutting-edge techniques, such as whole-cell patch clamp electrophysiology, to reveal how neural circuits in the brain and spinal cord rewire in the weeks after a stroke. Michelle’s research was the first to demonstrate that specific ‘doses’ of exercise can differently modulate signalling in spinal cord motor networks after CNS injury. Her recent research is working toward identifying and exploiting mechanisms of intrinsic plasticity in spinal cord circuits after ischemic stroke to improve motor outcomes.