Atul Malhotra

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Associate Professor Atul Malhotra is a senior neonatologist at Monash Newborn, Monash Children's Hospital, and research academic in the Department of Paediatrics, Monash University. He is the current recipient of an NHMRC Emerging Leadership Fellowship. He has published over 150 peer-reviewed journal articles, 4 book chapters, and his research has attracted over $20 million of funding to date.

His clinical research interests focus on improving respiratory and neurological outcomes of high-risk infants. He has a keen interest in neonatal evidence based medicine, having been involved in a number of randomised clinical trials and cohort studies. He is passionate about neurodevelopment following high-risk birth and is the Head of the Early Neurodevelopment Clinic (for early detection of cerebral palsy/ developmental delay) at Monash Children's Hospital.

His basic science interests include understanding and treating brain injury related to high risk perinatal conditions. He has a special interest in fetal growth restriction (FGR) and has conducted a number of preclinical and clinical studies on FGR. His basic science PhD was on "Novel strategies for early detection and treatment of FGR related brain injury" completed at the Ritchie Centre, Hudson Institute of Medical Research. 

He has been instrumental in the translation of preclinical therapies from the laboratory to the clinic, including regenerative cell therapies. He led a world-first trial of placental stem cells for chronic lung disease of prematurity, and is the Principal Investigator of two umbilical cord blood derived cell therapy trials, currently recruiting. He is the co-director of the Newborn Cell Therapies Group at the School of Clinical Sciences at Monash Health.

One of his other research interests includes medical device innovation/ artificial intelligence. Together with colleagues in the Faculty of Engineering at Monash University, their Biomedical Signal Processing Lab focuses on improving cardio-respiratory monitoring in newborn infants.

He is also passionate about education, and served as the inaugural Co-Chair of Monash Children's Hospital Simulation Centre. He has been running simulation based education programs in Australia and around the world, and is the co-founder of the global health interprofessional education program, ONE-Sim Education.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 2 - Zero Hunger
  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

Education/Academic qualification

Basic Science, PhD, Novel strategies for early detection and treatment of fetal growth restriction related brain injury, MONASH UNIVERSITY


Paediatrics- Neonatal- Perinatal Medicine, FRACP, Royal Australasian College of Physicians (RACP)


Paediatrics, DNB, National Board of Examinations


Paediatrics, MD, University of Delhi


Medicine, MBBS, University of Delhi


External positions

Member, National Examining Panel, Royal Australasian College of Physicians (RACP)

2020 → …

Member, Grants Advisory Committee, Royal Australasian College of Physicians (RACP)

2020 → …

Associate Professor, Hind Institute of Medical Sciences

2018 → …

Member, Paediatric Research Committee, Royal Australasian College of Physicians (RACP)

2018 → …

Member, Written Examination Committee, Royal Australasian College of Physicians (RACP)


Research area keywords

  • Neonatology
  • Neurodevelopment
  • Regenerative Medicine
  • Neuroprotection
  • Neonatal respiratory physiology and therapy
  • Simulation based education

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