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Dr Aung Aung Kywe Moe is a lecturer and neuroscientist at Department of Medical Imaging and Radiation Sciences, Monash University, with background in neuropharmacology, brain development and vagal neurobiology and with a strong interest in advanced neuroscience techniques and their applications in neuroscience research.

Dr Moe completed his training in medicine at the University of Medicine, Magway, Myanmar (Burma) in 2007, with an award of Excellence in Physiology and distinctions in physiology, anatomy, pharmacology and medicine. Driven by his interests in biomedical instruments, Dr Moe completed his master’s degree in biomedical engineering at the Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, with the Certificate of Excellence and worked at National University of Singapore in 2009. Next, to pursue his strong interest in the nervous system and advanced neuroscience techniques, Dr Moe continued his PhD studies in neuroscience at Queensland Brain Institute, University of Queensland, Australia where he was awarded a highly competitive UQ International Scholarship with living allowances. During his PhD, he investigated how early adolescent exposure to antipsychotic drugs could alter maturation processes of the adolescent brain, using behavioural assessments, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and magnetic resonance spectroscopy (MRS) techniques and neurochemical assays.

After completion of his PhD in 2016, Dr Moe trained as a postdoctoral research fellow under Professor Stuart Mazzone, where he investigated vagal sensory pathways, neural mechanism of cough and sensory roles of the cerebellum in preclinical and clinical studies utilising advanced techniques such as optogenetics, 3D tissue clearing and lightsheet microscopy, functional MRI and magnetoencephalography. Dr Moe has been awarded with highly competitive early career researcher (ECR) project grants and travel awards. Dr Moe has ongoing collaboration with researchers and scientists from University of Melbourne, University of Queensland and Swinburne University. 

Research interests

Dr Moe is interested in the central nervous system control of behaviour and sensation, respiratory sensory neurobiology, vagal stimulation and its applications in neurological disorders, neuropharmacology, roles of dopaminergic and serotonergic systems in behaviour and neuropsychiatric disorders and use of state-of-the-art functional assay techniques. He is using advanced neuroscience techniques such as optogenetics, functional MRI and magnetoencephalography. Dr Moe is currently investigating vagal sensory neural pathways, central processing of respiratory sensory information, neural mechanisms of cough, sensory roles of the cerebellum and effect of perinatal cannabinoid exposure in both preclinical and clinical studies.

Monash teaching commitment

Dr Moe is teaching the following units as of 2023. 

  1. RAD4503: Physical foundations of magnetic resonance imaging
  2. RAD3004: Neuroimaging for neuroscience research
  3. RAD2002: Medical imaging anatomy
  4. RAD3042: Medical imaging science and practice 2: Statistics workshops
  5. RAD2092: Radiologic biology 4 and sectional anatomy: Tutorials

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 3 - Good Health and Well-being

Education/Academic qualification

Neuroscience, PhD, University of Queensland

Award Date: 21 Dec 2016

Biomedical Engineering, MSc, Nanyang Technological University

Award Date: 8 Nov 2009

Medicine, MBBS, University of Medicine, Magway, Myanmar (Burma)

Award Date: 3 Nov 2007

External positions

Postdoctoral research fellow, University of Melbourne

Research area keywords

  • Neuroimaging
  • Vagal neurobiology
  • Brain development
  • Neuropharmacology
  • Chronic cough


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