Welcome to the jakestar movemnt!

Focus on your process, engaging is the key

All jakestar knows is that focusing on the process of learning and not the potential outcomes is the core tenet to the jakestar movemnt. The eventual goal is to create a neuroscience based philosophy in support of that line of thinking, but one step at a time for now.



Dr. Jake Rogers is a Nova Scotian neuroscientist.

jakestar is currently working as a Rutherford Fellow in Neurotechnology in the Department of Biooengineering at Imperial College London. jakestar is performing in vivo calcium imaging experiments in head-fixed mice while they navigate through a real-world “floating” environment. For more information click here or watch here.

jakestar did his PhD studies at The Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health. Watch here for more information about the laboratory jakestar was a member of from 2013-2018.

This is jakestar’s final PhD oration recorded August 23rd, 2016 at the Melbourne Brain Centre in front of a large audience who watched the talk in the Ian Potter Auditorium at The University of Melbourne. The introduction to jakestar’s talk outlines jakestar’s philosophical thinking quite well, watching through the first 4 slides (4 mins 45 s) will give you the gist of it 😉

“A tour de force” according to the former director of The Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health, who man-hugged the soon to be Dr. Jake Rogers when jakestar finished question time- to jakestar’s knowledge the only time this lovely thing has occurred after a PhD oration (see picture above).


Rogers J, Chen F, Stanic D, Farzana F, Li, S, Zeleznikow‐Johnston A, Nithianantharajah J, Churilov L, Adlard P, Lanfumey L, Hannan A, and Renoir, T (2019) Paradoxical effects of exercise on hippocampal plasticity and cognition in mice with a heterozygous null mutation in the serotonin transporter gene. British journal of pharmacology 176: 3279– 3296

Haidar M, Tin K, Zhang C, Covita J, Rogers J, Gundlach, A (2019) Septal GABA and glutamate neurons express RXFP3 mRNA and depletion of septal RXFP3 impaired spatial search strategy and long-term reference memory in adult mice. Frontiers in neuroanatomy 13, 30

Rogers J, Renoir T, Hannan AJ (2019) Gene-environment interactions informing therapeutic approaches to cognitive and affective disorders. Neuropharmacology 145: 37-48

Rogers J (2017). Dissociating therapeutic effects of exercise and environmental enrichment in mouse models of serotonergic dysfunction.

Yeshurun, S, Rogers, J, Short, A, Renoir, T, Pang, T and Hannan, A (2017) Elevated paternal glucocorticoid exposure modifies memory retention in female offspring. Psychoneuroendocrinology 83: 9-183.

Rogers, J, Li, S, Lanfumey, L, Hannan, Aand Renoir, T (2017) Environmental enrichment reduces innate anxiety with no effect on depression-like behaviour in mice lacking the serotonin transporter. Behavioural brain research 332: 355-361.4.

Rogers, J, Churilov, L, Hannan, A, & Renoir, T (2017) Search strategy selection in the Morris water maze demonstrates allocentric map formation during spatial learning that underpins spatial memory formation. Neurobiology of learning and memory 139: 37-49.5.

Rogers, J, Vo, U, Pang, T, Buret, L, Meiklejohn, H, Zeleznikow-Johnston, A, Churilov, L,van den Buuse, M, Hannan, A, & Renoir, T (2016) Dissociating the therapeutic effects of environmental enrichment and exercise in a mouse model of anxiety with cognitive impairment. Translational psychiatry 6(4): e794

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