Associate Professor Jennifer (Jenny) Rodger is the head of Brain Plasticity Research at the Perron Institute and the MSWA Senior Research Fellow in Brain Plasticity.
A/Professor Rodger obtained her BSc Hons. in Biochemistry at the University of Bath, UK, and during that time undertook undergraduate research placements at the Weizmann Institute (Israel) and the University of the Witwatersrand (South Africa). A/Professor Rodger obtained a PhD in Molecular Neuroscience at the University of Paris VI, now Sorbonne University, receiving the Tres honourable avec les felicitations du jury; Distinction, where her Supervisor was Professor Jacques Mallet.
A/Professor Rodger then moved to The University of Western Australia (UWA) to work with Professors Lyn Beazley and Sarah Dunlop in the field of neural regeneration where she led a research team studying brain plasticity. In 2018, A/Professor Rodger began relocating from UWA to the Perron Institute with her research team.
A/Professor Rodger and her group’s current research focus is the impact of non-invasive interventions such as enrichment and repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS) and transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) or pulsed magnetic fields, to promote neural circuit reorganisation and repair. Their research explores the physiological, cellular and molecular basis of brain plasticity in order to develop therapeutic strategies to improve brain plasticity in patients, with the aim of developing effective treatments for patients with neurotrauma and neurological disease, accounting for over a quarter of all chronic disability in Australia.