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Research interests

  • Enteric Neurobiology
  • Gastrointestinal Physiology
  • Neuroimmune interactions
  • Hirschsprung Disease
  • Molecular Mechanisms of Pain
  • Transient Receptor Potential Channels
  • Opioid Receptors

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Currently Recruiting PhD Students



Co-director of the Integrated Neurogenic Mechanisms Laboratory, Drug Discovery Biology Theme, Monash Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences (with Dr Nik Veldhuis and Dr Simona Carbone).


Vice President, Australasian Society for Autonomic Neuroscience (ASAN) https://www.australasianautonomic.org/

Associate Editor, American Journal of Physiology- Gastrointestinal Liver Physiology https://journals.physiology.org/journal/ajpgi

Secretary, Society For Neuroscience (SFN), Melbourne Chapter


Secretary, Australasian Neurogastroenterology and Motility Association (ANGMA) https://www.angma.org.au/



1. Defining the cellular environment of the gut.

It is now appreciated that complex interactions between diverse cell types are essential for normal gastrointestinal processes. These interactions may be disrupted in disease, leading to altered gut function. Our research characterizes key cell types in the gut in health and disease including resident macrophages and glial cells. We examine how these cells communicate with each other and interact with the enteric nervous system (ENS) to influence key physiological processes.

2. G Protein-Coupled Receptor (GPCR) expression and signaling in the ENS.

Although GPCRs are a major target of currently approved therapeutics, our current understanding of GPCR biology in the ENS is limited. Our research program examines GPCR expression, trafficking and signaling specifically in enteric neurons. Our current focus is on opioid and muscarinic receptors.

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

Research area keywords

  • enteric nervous system
  • Gastrointestinal tract
  • GPCR biology
  • Transient Receptor Potential Ion Channels

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