The Noakes lab has a number of research projects that are suitable for SCIE, Advanced Science, Honours, MSc (lab Rotations), and PhD students, within the following research areas.

1) Motor Neuron Disease (MND)which covers a group of neuromuscular diseases including Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), and Spinal Muscle Atrophy (SMA). The Noakes lab works with animal models and with human derived stem cells to investigate the cellular and molecular mechanisms of these diseases.We are also embarking upon using AAV viral vectors to help enhance motor nerve muscle signalling.

2) Neuromuscular disorders and inflammation, in this area we are working with chemists that are creating compounds that act to dampen inflammation within muscle and the central nervous system. 

3)Neuromuscular connections - formation, function and stability in development and disease. This also includes the motor neurons regulation of its excitability and its pre-synaptic connections.