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Bryony Nayagam

Associate Professor In Auditory Physiology
Audiology And Speech Pathology
science & technology
life sciences & biomedicine
animals
differentiation
humans
neurosciences & neurology
neurosciences
cochlea
cell differentiation
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A/Prof

Bryony Nayagam

 
Division
Medicine, Dentistry And Health Sciences
 
Primary Interest
Stem cell therapy
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A/Prof

Bryony Nayagam

 

A/Prof 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, Dr Nayagam 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.

A/Prof Nayagam's research is focussed on better understanding the sensory biology of hearing and preventing the loss of key sensory cells during hearing loss. Her research spans regenerative stem cell biology and using advanced MRI to interrogate the human auditory brainstem. Details of research projects are available here:
http://healthsciences.unimelb.edu.au/research-groups/audiology-and-speech-pathology-research/auditory-neuroscience-unit
A/Prof Nayagam currently co-ordinates the Anatomy and Physiology subjects for the Masters of Audiology (ANAT90004) and the Masters of Speech Pathology (ANAT90011), and designed and co-ordinates the new undergraduate course in Auditory Neuroscience (Neur30007) at the University of Melbourne.

Dr Nayagam's laboratory and collaborators use a range of experimental techniques including micro-dissection, cell, stem cell and tissue culture and transplantation, fluorescence immunochemistry, confocal imaging, electron microscopy, electrical stimulation, in vitro and in vivo electrophysiology and magnetic resonance imaging. Bryony manages several national and international collaborations with over 40 peer-reviewed publications since 2006, and over 100 national and international conference abstracts. She has been independently funded by several major organisations including the National Health and Medical Research Council of Australia, The Garnett Passe and Rodney Williams Memorial Foundation, The Hearing CRC, and the University of Melbourne. She supervises students at all levels including PhD, Masters, Honours and UROP and welcomes enquiries at any time from prospective students.

Scholarly Works

Displaying the 60 most recent scholarly works by Bryony Nayagam.

Honours, Awards and Fellowships

2008

Dean's Award for Excellence in a PhD Thesis

University of Melbourne

2007

Victoria Fellowship

Victorian Government

2006

Wagstaff Fellow in Otolaryngology

Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital

2004

Melbourne Postgraduate Research Scholarship (MRS)

University of Melbourne

2000

Dean's Honour Roll

University of Tasmania

2014

Garnett Passe and Rodney Williams Memorial Foundation Research Fellowship (2015-2019)


2009

NH&MRC Australian-Based Biomedical Research Fellowship


2007

Victoria Fellowship


2006

Junior Wagstaff Fellowship in Otolaryngology


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Awards

Credentials

Positions


Associate Professor In Auditory Physiology

Audiology And Speech Pathology

Honorary

Ophthalmology Eye And Ear Hospital

Member

Australasian Society for Stem Cell Research

Executive Committee Member

Australian-French Association for Science and Technology

Member

Association for Research in Otolaryngology

Committee Member

Australian Society for Medical Research

Member

International Society for Stem Cell Research

Member

Australian Neuroscience Society

Education


Melbourne Teaching Certificate

University of Melbourne

Biomedical Research Management

University of Melbourne

PhD (Auditory Neuroscience & Stem Cell Molecular Biology)

University of Melbourne

Doctor of Philosophy

University of Melbourne

Bachelor of Science (Hons)

University of Tasmania

Bachelor of Science

University of Tasmania