Dr. Kaylene Young PhD

Dr Kaylene Young undertook PhD research at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute, examining the properties and functions of adult neural stem cells.  As a postdoctoral researcher at University College London (UK), she determined that oligodendrocyte progenitor cells (OPCs) generate significant numbers of myelinating oligodendrocytes in the normal adult brain and contribute to remyelination following injury.  Kaylene is now an MS Research Australia / Macquarie Group Foundation Senior Research Fellow at the Menzies Institute for Medical Research, where her team examines the relationship between neuronal activity, OPC behaviour and myelination, and explores way to utilize innate myelin plasticity for the treatment of demyelinating disease, particularly Multiple Sclerosis.