Robert Bryson-Richardson

Associate Professor Robert Bryson-Richardson

Head, Neuromuscular Disease Research Group
Senior Lecturer

T: +61 3 9902 4629
E: robert.bryson-richardson@monash.edu

Monash University Researcher Profile - including biography, publications and grants
Research Group Website
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Research Group

Research Fellows

  • Dr Tamar Sztal
  • Dr Avnika Ruparelia

Research Assistants

  • Caitlin Williams

PhD Students

  • Mo Zhao
  • Emily Claire Baxter
  • Rita Serrano
  • Callum Dark

Research Overview

Robert's research focuses on the genetics and cell biology of muscle development and disease. His team uses zebrafish, which grow very rapidly and are transparent when young, to study these processes. Generating zebrafish models of muscle disease allows them to investigate how muscle function is disrupted improving our understanding of both normal muscle development and of the causes of muscle disease. Additionally these fish can be used to test therapies and to identify effective drugs treatments. Other projects in the laboratory include the examination of genetic and environmental signals controlling the changing shape of the developing heart as it grows from a simple tube to a multi-chambered pump. This again improves our understanding of how the heart forms and also the processes that can be disrupted in congenital heart disease.