Dr Jo Simkin

Dr Johanna Simkin

Senior Curator, Human Biology and Medicine

About me

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In this role, I create exhibitions and manage Museum Victoria's Health and Medicine collection. My favourite projects explore wellbeing and medicine in a fun, relatable and meaningful way.


I have a PhD in neuroscience and prior to curating was a biomedical researcher looking at stem cells, gut health, genetics and more.


Projects and events


Why are enteric ganglia so small? Role of differential adhesion of enteric neurons and enteric neural crest cells  (2015) Rollo BN, Zhang D, Simkin JE, Menheniott TR, Newgreen DF. F1000Res. 2015 May 12;4:113. doi: 10.12688/f1000research.6370.1. eCollection 2015. PMID: 26064478

Parameters affecting efficiency of in ovo electroporation of the avian neural tube and crest (2014) Simkin JE, Zhang D, Ighaniyan S, Newgreen DF. Dev Dyn. 2014 Nov;243(11):1440-7. doi: 10.1002/dvdy.24163. Epub 2014 Jul 29. PMID: 25044826

The quail anatomy portal. Ruparelia AA, Simkin JE, Salgado D, Newgreen DF, Martins GG, Bryson-Richardson RJ. (2014) Database (Oxford). 2014 Apr 7;2014(0):bau028. doi: 10.1093/database/bau028. Print 2014. PMID: 24715219

Retinoic acid upregulates ret and induces chain migration and population expansion in vagal neural crest cells to colonise the embryonic gut (2013) Simkin JE, Zhang D, Rollo BN, Newgreen DF. PLoS One. 2013 May 22;8(5):e64077. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0064077. Print 2013. PMID: 23717535

Spatial analysis of multi-species exclusion processes: application to neural crest cell migration in the embryonic gut (2012) Binder BJ, Landman KA, Newgreen DF, Simkin JE, Takahashi Y, Zhang D. Bull Math Biol. 2012 Feb;74(2):474-90. doi: 10.1007/s11538-011-9703-z. Epub 2011 Nov 24. PMID: 22108739

Focal electroporation in ovo (2009) Simkin JE, McKeown SJ, Newgreen DF. Dev Dyn. 2009 Dec;238(12):3152-5. doi: 10.1002/dvdy.22142. PMID: 19877279

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