DR BRYONY NAYAGAM

DR BRYONY NAYAGAM

Positions

  • Cellular neuroscience
  • Hearing and hearing loss
  • Nervous system development
  • Neurobiology
  • Otolaryngology
  • Stem cell therapy

Overview

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  • Dr Nayagam graduated from the University of Tasmania in 2000, with a double major in biochemistry and molecular biology, and first class Honours in cortical neuroscience. Her Honours project was supervised by Professor James Vickers and investigated the way in which primary cortical neurons responded to injury in vitro, with an emphasis on the involvement of the neurofilaments and GAP43 proteins in mounting a regenerative response. In 2003, Bryony moved into auditory neuroscience and undertook her PhD with Professor Rob Shepherd at the Bionics Institute (formerly Bionic Ear Institute), Melbourne. Her PhD examined the potential of stem cells to provide replacement neurons to the deaf cochlea, for which she received the Dean’s Prize for Excellence (2008). After post-doctoral experience as a Victoria Fellow working at Harvard University (Boston) and Johns Hopkins University (Baltimore) she returned to the University of Melbourne to establish an independent research group in stem cells and regeneration of the auditory nerve.

    Dr Nayagam currently holds a teaching and research position at the University of Melbourne where she co-ordinates the Anatomy and Physiology Masters subjects for both Audiology (ANAT90004) and Speech Pathology (ANAT90011), and heads the Auditory Neuroscience Unit. Her laboratories are located within the Bionics Institute (St Vincent's Hospital, East Melbourne) with primary research interests in developing regenerative therapies for hearing loss. Bryony's emerging clinical research interests include mapping the human auditory brainstem using MRI, which she is investigating with collaborators at the Melbourne Brain Institute, Austin Hospital Campus.

    Dr Nayagam's laboratory and collaborators use a range of experimental techniques including micro-dissection, cell and tissue culture and transplantation, fluorescence immunochemistry, confocal imaging, electron microscopy, electrical stimulation, in vitro and in vivo electro   

Affiliation

Member of

  • Australasian Society for Stem Cell Research. Member 2010 -
  • Association for Research in Otolaryngology. Member 2007 -
  • Australian-French Association for Science and Technology. Executive committee member 2007 -
  • Australian Society for Medical Research. Committee member 2006 -
  • International Society for Stem Cell Research. Member 2005 -
  • Australian Neuroscience Society. Member 2004 -

Publications

Selected publications

Research

Investigator on

Additional Grant Information

  • $441,765 Research Fellowship
    Garnett Passe and Rodney Williams Memorial Foundation, Dr B Nayagam

    $50,000 AUD Project grant
    ORI/RANZCO, co-investigator with Drs S Hung, Dr R Wong and Assoc. Prof. Ross Hannan (2014-2015)

    $50,000 AUD Project Grant
    RANZCO, co-investigator with Drs A Hewitt and M Dottori (2012-2013)

    $9,860 AUD Small Project Grant
    Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital, principal investigator, Dr B Nayagam (project 12/247AR; 2012)

    $311,175 AUD Project grant
    National Health and Medical Research Council of Australia, principal investigator Dr B Nayagam (2011-2014)

    $7,100 AUD Small Project Grant
    Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital, principal investigator, Dr B Nayagam (project 10/217AR; 2011)

    $261,278 AUD Project grant
    Garnett Passe and Rodney Williams Memorial Foundation, principal investigator Dr B Nayagam (2010-2013)

    $39,963 AUD Early Career Research Grant
    The University of Melbourne, principal investigator Dr B Nayagam (2010)

    $9,623 AUD Small Project Grant
    Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital, principal investigator Dr B Nayagam (project 09/182AR; 2009)

    $6,200 AUD Small Project Grant
    Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital, principal investigator Dr B Coleman (project 08/171AR; 2008)

    $4,400 AUD Equipment grant
    Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital, principal investigator Dr B Coleman, (project 07/139A; 2007)              

    $23,000 AUD Victoria Fellowship (including AFAS stipend)
    Victorian Government, Dr B Coleman (2007)

    $9,050 AUD Small Project Grant
    Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital, principal investigator Dr B Coleman (project 07/139A; 2007)

    $150,000 AUD Wagstaff Fellowship in Otolaryngology
    Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospi   

Awards

Education and training

  • Melbourne Teaching Cert, University of Melbourne 2010
  • Biomedical Research Management, University of Melbourne 2008
  • PhD, University of Melbourne 2007
  • BSc (Hons), University of Tasmania 2000
  • BSc, University of Tasmania 1999

Awards and honors

  • Dean's Award for Excellence in a PhD Thesis, University of Melbourne, 2008
  • Victoria Fellowship, Victorian Government, 2007
  • Wagstaff Fellow in Otolaryngology, Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital, 2006
  • Melbourne Postgraduate Research Scholarship (MRS), University of Melbourne, 2004
  • Dean's Honour Roll, University of Tasmania, 2000

Linkages

Supervision

Available for supervision

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Supervision Statement

  • Currently supervising two PhD students. For more information on current projects please contact me directly b.nayagam@unimelb.edu.au or visit the following pages:

    http://audspeech.healthsciences.unimelb.edu.au/our_research/research_themes
    http://www.bionicsinstitute.org/students/Pages/Student-project-details-2013.aspx
    http://www.cera.org.au/research/neuroregeneration/