Dr. Gabriela Bodea completed her PhD in April 2014 in the laboratory of Dr. Sandra Blaess at the University of Bonn, Germany. Dr. Bodea's PhD work was focused on understanding the developmental mechanisms leading to neuronal diversity in the mammalian brain. In June 2014, Dr. Bodea joined the Genome Plasticity and Disease group at Mater Research Institute – UQ where she began to study how LINE-1 retrotransposons, a class of mobile DNA elements colloquially refered as "jumping genes", may affect neuronal genome and potentially contribute to neurological disease. This work has been supported by a German Research Foundation (DFG) fellowship. In 2015, Dr. Bodea was awarded an NHMRC-ARC Dementia Research Development Fellowship to continue her work on understanding the impact of LINE-1 retrotransposon activity on a specific subpopulation of neurons in the context of neurodegenerative disease.