Dr McRobb joined the Neurosurgery group at the Faculty of Medicine and Health Science lead by Professor Marcus Stoodley in January 2014. She is a scientist with over 20 years of research experience in microbiology, biochemistry, cell biology and vascular biology. She received her PhD from the University of Sydney in 2008 and has held postdoctoral positions at The Heart Research Institute in Sydney and the Centre for Vascular Research (University of NSW).
Dr McRobb is interested in understanding the pathogenesis of vascular disease and vascular abnormalities and developing methods to treat them. Her previous studies have investigated the role of androgens (male hormones) in driving atherosclerosis and vascular calcification and the development of small molecule inhibitors for the treatment of vascular restenosis after angioplasty and vascular stent placement. Dr McRobb’s current research studies in the Neurosurgery group aim to develop vascular targeting agents for the treatment of brain arteriovenous malformations (AVMs). This first involves identifying novel and specific molecular targets in gamma-radiated AVMs. Pre-clinical models and proteomic analysis will be used to identify up-regulated proteins expressed on the surface of cells lining the vascular wall after gamma knife surgery.