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  • Director, Parkinson's Centre (ParkC)/Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Edith Cowan University

Research interests include:

  • Developmental genetics
  • Dopaminergic neurons
  • Treatment of neurodegenerative disease.


  1. White RB, and Thomas MG. (2012) Moving beyond TH to define dopaminergic neurons for use in cell replacement therapies for Parkinson’s disease. Apr 4. CNS & Neurological Disorders – Drug Targets. [Epub ahead of print]
  2. Lam MMF, Thomas MG, Lind CRP. (2011) Neurosurgical convection-enhanced delivery of treatments for Parkinson’s disease. Journal of Clinical Neuroscience. 18(9):1163-7
  3. Thomas, M.G., Stone, L., Evill, L., Ong, S., Ziman, M., and Hool, L. (2011). Bone marrow stromal cells as replacement cells for Parkinson's disease: generation of an anatomical but not functional neuronal phenotype. Translational Research 157, 56-63.
  4. Bucks, R.S.,* Cruise, K.E.,* Skinner, T.C., Loftus, A.M., Barker, R.A., and Thomas, M.G. (2011). Coping processes and health-related quality of life in Parkinson's disease. International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry 26, 247-255. *equal first authors
  5. Cruise, K.E., Bucks, R.S., Loftus, A.M., Newton, R.U., Pegoraro, R., and Thomas, M.G. (2011). Exercise and Parkinson's: benefits for cognition and quality of life. Acta Neurol Scand 123, 13-19
  6. Thomas, M. (2010). Role of transcription factors in cell replacement therapies for neurodegenerative conditions. Regenerative Medicine 5, 441-450.
  7. Thomas, M., Tyers, P., Lazic, S.E., Caldwell, M.A., Barker, R.A., Beazley, L., and Ziman, M. (2009). Graft outcomes influenced by co-expression of Pax7 in graft and host tissue. Journal of Anatomy 214, 396-405
  8. Blake, J.A.,* Thomas, M.,* Thompson, J.A.,* White, R.,* and Ziman, M.* (2008). Perplexing Pax: from puzzle to paradigm. Developmental Dynamics 237, 2791-2803. *equal first authors
  9. Thomas, M.G., Barker, R.A., Beazley, L.D., and Ziman, M.R. (2007). Pax7 expression in the adult rat superior colliculus following optic nerve injury. Neuroreport 18, 105-109.
  10. Thomas, M., Beazley, L., and Ziman, M. (2006). A multiphasic role for Pax7 in tectal development. Experimental Brain Research 169, 266-271.
  11. Thomas, M., Lazic, S., Beazley, L., and Ziman, M. (2004). Expression profiles suggest a role for Pax7 in the establishment of tectal polarity and map refinement. Experimental Brain Research 156, 263-273.
  12. Ziman, M.R., Thomas, M., Jacobsen, P., and Beazley, L. (2001). A key role for Pax7 transcripts in determination of muscle and nerve cells. Experimental Cell Research 268, 220-229.


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