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Dr Malhotra is a consultant neonatologist at Monash Newborn and research scientist at The Ritchie Centre, Hudson Institute of Medical Research. He holds a senior lecturer appointment in the Department of Paediatrics, Monash University and is the current recipient of a RACP Foundation Research Fellowship.

His clinical research interests focus on improving respiratory and neurological outcomes of high risk infants. He has been involved in a number of randomised clinical trials in neonatal conditions, which have published in high imnpact journals like New England Journal of Medicine, Journal of Pediatrics, Archives Diseases of Childhood, etc. He is keen on early neurodevelopment following high risk birth and recently established the Early Neurodevelopment Clinic (for early detection of cerebral palsy) for high risk neonates at Monash Children's Hospital. He is also a lead investigator of an NHMRC funded study on preterm neurodevelopment.

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 and has conducted a number of preclinical and clinicial studies in the field. He completed a basic science PhD on "Novel strategies for early detection and treatment of fetal growth restriction related brain injury". 

He has been instrumental in the translation of a number of preclinical therapies from the laboratory to the clinic. He recently led a world-first trial of placental stem cells for chronic lung disease of prematurity. He has a special interest in regenerative cell therapies for neonatal diseases, and currently involved in a number of early phase trials of stem cell therapy.

Dr Malhotra is passionate about education and is the Co-Chair of Monash Children's Hospital Simulation. He has also been running maternal and neonatal simulation based education programs in low and middle countries.

Education/Academic qualification

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

… → 2009

Paediatrics, DNB


Paediatrics, MD, University of Delhi


Medicine, MBBS, University of Delhi


External positions

Member, Paediatric Research Committee, The Royal Australasian College of Physicians

2018 → …

Member, Written Examination Committee, The Royal Australasian College of Physicians


Research area keywords

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

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Projects 2014 2022

Research Output 2002 2019

Advanced MRI analysis to detect white matter brain injury in growth restricted newborn lambs

Malhotra, A., Sepehrizadeh, T., Dhollander, T., Wright, D., Castillo-Melendez, M., Sutherland, A. E., Pham, Y., Ditchfield, M., Polglase, G. R., de Veer, M., Jenkin, G., Pannek, K., Shishegar, R. & Miller, S. L., 1 Jan 2019, In : NeuroImage: Clinical. 24, 9 p., 101991.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access

Digital stethoscopes in paediatric medicine

Ramanathan, A., Zhou, L., Marzbanrad, F., Roseby, R., Tan, K., Kevat, A. & Malhotra, A., May 2019, In : Acta Paediatrica. 108, 5, p. 814-822 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview ArticleResearchpeer-review

Exploring the learning experiences of neonatal nurses with in-situ and off-site simulation-based education: A qualitative study

Kosanam, P., Stewart, A. E., Wallace, A. & Malhotra, A., Feb 2019, In : Journal of Neonatal Nursing. 25, 1, p. 41-45 5 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Human amnion cells for the prevention of bronchopulmonary dysplasia: a protocol for a phase I dose escalation study

Baker, E. K., Malhotra, A., Lim, R., Jacobs, S. E., Hooper, S. B., Davis, P. G. & Wallace, E. M., 1 Mar 2019, In : BMJ Open. 9, 2, 7 p., e026265.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleOtherpeer-review

Open Access


ANZNN Neonatal Research Award

Atul Malhotra (Recipient), 2019

Prize: National/international honour

Eric Burnard Fellowship

Atul Malhotra (Recipient), 2018

Prize: Competitive Fellowships

Eric Burnard Fellowship

Atul Malhotra (Recipient), 2016

Prize: Competitive Fellowships

Eric Burnard Fellowship

Atul Malhotra (Recipient), 2017

Prize: Competitive Fellowships

Excellence in Supervision

Atul Malhotra (Recipient), 2017

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Press / Media