Professor Thomas Fath

Professor Thomas Fath, Deputy Director of the Dementia Research Centre, Macquarie University.

Thomas is Deputy Director of the Dementia Research Centre and Professor in the Department of Biomedical Sciences, Faculty of Medicine, Health and Human Sciences at Macquarie University. He received his PhD in 2002 from the University of Heidelberg, where he worked on the functional role of Tau phosphorylation in Alzheimer's disease. He then moved to The Scripps Research Institute at La Jolla (2003-2005, USA) and the Children's Hospital at Westmead (2005-2008, Sydney) to study the fundamental mechanisms of actin cytoskeleton regulation in neurons. In 2009, he took on a Research & Teaching position in the School of Medical Sciences at UNSW Sydney, where he established an ARC- and NHMRC-funded research program, investigating patho-mechanisms of neurodegenerative diseases and mechanisms of neurite regeneration. In 2019, he moved his lab to the Dementia Research Centre at Macquarie University, where he continues his work on cytoskeleton-associated patho-mechanisms of neurodegenerative diseases.

Forefront Group:

  • Macquarie University Dementia Research Centre (DRC) Dementia Research Group Leader

Neurodegeneration of interest:



  • Cellular Neuropathology
  • Neuronal Cytoskeleton

Affiliate Organisations

Macquarie University

Specific Skills:

  • Cellular Neuroscience
  • Biochemist
  • Live cell imaging
  • Fluorescence-based cellular assays


  • ARC Discovery Project: “Defining the spatial and temporal regulation of neurite branching” (CIA)
  • NHMRC Ideas Grant Project: “Unravelling the molecular mechanism of tau spread in Alzheimer's disease” (CIA)