Dr Lisa Oyston

Dr Lisa Oyston, Postdoctoral Research Associate, The University of Sydney.

Lisa completed her PhD in Parkinson’s disease genetics at the Garvan Institute of Medical Research in 2018. She continued her PhD, in a postdoctoral role at the Charles Perkins Centre at the University of Sydney. She is now researching the genetics of FTD and MND at the Brain and Mind Centre at the University of Sydney.

Forefront Group:

  • BMC Neurogenetics and Epigenetics Research Group


  • Microscopy
  • Genetics
  • Cell biology


Designing high-throughput cellular assays of dementia-relevant biological phenotypes for screening DNA variants, to determine which variants have a functional effect and therefore may cause disease.

Characterisation of a novel FTD-MND gene. We are examining how this mutated gene affects cell functions to cause nerve cell death, using cutting-edge cell and mouse models of disease, and examining whether people who have certain common variants of this gene are at greater risk of developing dementia or MND.

Affiliate Organisations

University of Sydney

Neurodegeneration of interest:


Specific Skills:

  • Immunofluorescence imaging
  • Confocal microscopy
  • High-throughput image quantification
  • Molecular biology
  • Genetics
  • Immunohistochemistry
  • Biochemistry
  • Pharmacology
  • neuroscience