After completion of her Bsc (Hons) at Monash University (Malaysia campus), Lay Khoon pursued a doctoral study in the Discipline of Pathology at the University of Sydney.
Her PhD (Medicine) was awarded in 2014 for her investigations on acute and long-term neurological complications in a murine model of bacterial meningitis. She became the first investigator to use the NewBehaviour IntelliCageTM in Australia to study post-meningitic neurological sequelae. This work resulted in publications in the journal Brain, Behavior and Immunity, among other high impact journals.
Lay Khoon’s multidisciplinary training in pathology, immunology, microbiology, neuroscience, behavioural science and molecular biology makes her a highly versatile and valuable member of the Ophthalmic Pathology Research Group. She is currently involved in post-doctoral research on ageing and age-related macular degeneration in human eyes and is leading the digitisation of the Sarks Archive.
- Too, L.K., Ball HJ, McGregor IS, Hunt NH., A novel automated test battery reveals enduring behavioural alterations and cognitive impairments in survivors of murine pneumococcal meningitis. Brain Behav Immun, 2014. 35: p. 107-124.
- Too, L.K., Ball HJ, McGregor IS, Hunt NH., The pro-inflammatory cytokine interferon-gamma is an important driver of neuropathology and behavioural sequelae in experimental pneumococcal meningitis. Brain Behav Immun, 2014. 40: p. 252-68.