Professor and Group Leader

NHMRC Senior Research Fellow

James completed his undergraduate training in Biochemistry (Hons) at the Imperial College, London and carried on to undertake a PhD in the field of Neuropharmacology with the Ministry of Defence and Kings College, London. He then relocated to Australia to undertake a Postdoctoral position at the Vision, Touch and Hearing Research Centre at UQ, later moving to Monash University where in 2007 he started up his own research group. James holds an NHMRC Senior Research Fellowship, is a member of the NHMRC Research Committee and has a strong track record in the field of neural development and regeneration of the visual system. He heads the Bourne group, with his skills and expertise in nonhuman primate research enabling the group to undertake cross-disciplinary research collaborations which form an important component of translational research to humans.



Post Doctoral Fellow

Following her undergraduate training in Cell Biology and Physiology at the University Denis Diderot (Paris VII, France), Jihane completed a Master in Neuropharmacology at the Ecole Normale Superieure (Paris, France) and obtained a doctoral scholarship from the French Ministry of Research and Higher Education to investigate the role of the vascular endothelial growth factor C (VEGF-C) on the development of discrete population of neural progenitors in the developing brain. After gaining her PhD from the University Pierre and Marie Curie (Paris VI, France), she joined A/Prof Bourne’s group at Monash University (Melbourne, Australia) in 2008 to investigate the molecular mechanisms regulating the development of the primate neocortex and thalamus.

She has adapted molecular and tissue culture techniques acquired during her doctoral training to the complex primate brain in order to elucidate the sequence of event underlying the specification of brain structures exclusive to the primate.


Iñaki Carril Mundiñano

Post Doctoral Fellow

Inaki completed his PhD at the University of the Basque Country (Leioa, Spain) studying sensory crossmodal plasticity early blindness. He undertook his first postdoc in the Laboratory of Regenerative Therapy Neuroscience, (CIMA/UNAV, Pamplona, Spain) where his research focused on the development of a new genetic animal model of Parkinson’s disease in the macaque monkey; and on the olfactory neuropathology of patients with different neurodegenerative disorders.

In 2013 Iñaki joined the Bourne Lab to study the involvement of the pulvinar nucleus in cortical development and behaviour. He uses several approaches including lesioning, neural tracing, immunohistochemistry, neuroimaging and behavioural studies. Inaki has also developed new MRI-guided neurosurgical techniques which has led to international collaborations and publications on the technique.



Post Doctoral Fellow

Leon' completed his PhD with the Bourne Group in 2015, establishing a clinically representable model of ischemic stroke in the nonhuman primate. Leon's PhD work focused on the cellular and molecular changes following brain injuries and how they differ between the infant and adult brains to better understand the capacity for endogenous repair after injuries.

Now as a research fellow, Leon has developed a novel therapeutic strategy for the treatment of stroke and is leading a pre-clinical trial to test its efficacy for functional improvements after stroke. If successful, this strategy will significantly extend the therapeutic window from hours into days post-stroke, which will be of immense benefit to stroke patients worldwide.



Lab Manager and Research Assistant

William joined the Bourne Laboratory in 2009 and assists the group's research as a research assistant. As well as general lab duties William also assists with many of the surgical experiments in particular the MRI guided subcortical tracing the lab routinely employs (Mundinano et al 2016. Nat. Protoc.) Currently William is studying the role of Area MT and its role in early life development in the visual system by using neural tracing and visual behaviour experiments.

When he is not researching visual neuroscience, William enjoys beekeeping and being in the outdoors.



PhD Student

Anthony completed his Bachelor of Science in 2012 at Monash University, Clayton, majoring in Anatomy/Developmental Biology and Immunology/Human Pathology. In his final year he undertook a mini-research project in the Bourne Lab, subsequently undertaking a Summer Project. These experiences peaked his interest in Neuroscience, in particular towards a group of myelin-associated proteins and how they may have key roles in regulating plasticity and repair inhibition following CNS injury. Staying in the lab for Honours, he started characterising these proteins in the neonate and adult nonhuman primate neocortex. He is currently undertaking his PhD investigating these myelin proteins more in-depth, specifically how cells expressing them respond in the acute stages following neocortical injury and what implications this may have in terms of their roles in neurorepair versus neurodegeneration.



PhD Student

Dylan completed his Bachelor of Behavioural Neuroscience at Monash University in 2014. He later joined the Bourne group in 2015 for his Honours year where his project aimed to develop protocols for the voluntary training and assessment of the awake/conscious marmoset in their visually guided actions. He continued with the group as a PhD student, applying his behavioural procedures complemented with connectional and anatomical techniques to investigate the function of the inferior pulvinar nucleus in the early development of visually guided actions such as reaching to grasp for target objects. 



UROP Student



Masters Student



Masters Student

Adrian is a third year student currently completing his Bachelor of Science Advanced - Research. He is undertaking the undergraduate research opportunity project in the Bourne Lab as a laboratory technician, aiming to explore the development of the visual cortex in marmoset monkeys. He is particularly interested in attention and memory.


Kevin completed his Bachelor of Science (Neuroscience Major) at Melbourne University in 2016 and now undertaking a master degree in the Bourne lab. He is particularly interested in behavioural changes following early life brain lesions. His current research focuses on area MT and how this area plays a role during development.


Jack completed his Bachelor of Science with a Neuroscience major at the University of Melbourne in 2014. He is currently undertaking a research project in the Bourne lab as a part of the Master of Biomedical and Health Science at Monash University. Jack has a keen interest in the neural correlates of emotion, cognition, and behaviour. His research focuses on the importance of the medial pulvinar in the development of the dorsolateral prefrontal cortex, and how abnormal maturation of this pathway may lead to the behavioural and cognitive deficits typically associated with schizophrenia.




PhD Students
Leon  Teo                        2015
Claire Warner                  2014


Honours Students
Jason Ha                           2017
Nicholas Renton                2016
Dylan Fox                          2015
Lewis Fry                          2015
Phil Bennet-Owen              2014
Jing Wang                         2014
Anthony Boghdadi             2013
Skye Kinder                       2011
Leon Teo                           2010
Dania Foo                          2009
Yi Sia                                 2007