1985 …2023

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Greg Stuart has made seminal contributions to understanding how information is processed by individual nerve cells in the brain. He has developed and implemented techniques for making electrical recordings from the fine processes of nerve cells called dendrites. These techniques, which are used throughout the world, have led to important discoveries describing the initiation and spread of nerve impulses in different nerve cell types. He is considered a world expert on the physiology of dendrites and co-edited the first book devoted exclusively to this subject. He completed a BSc (Hons Physiology) at Monash, then a PhD in Neuroscience at the Australian National University (ANU). He then spent five years working at the Max Planck Institute of Medical Research in Heidelberg, Germany, in the department of Nobel Laureate Bert Sakmann. After his time in Germany he returned to the ANU to establish his own research program. While at the ANU he was head of the neuroscience department within the John Curtin School of Medical Research from 2005 to 2012, and head of the Eccles Institute of Neuroscience from 2012 to 2021. He was appointed a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science in 2012 in recognition of his seminal contributions to understanding how information is processed by individual nerve cells within the brain. He moved to the Department of Physiology at Monash University in late April 2022.

Research interests

Neuronal computation

Sensory processing

Synaptic plasticity



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 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy

Education/Academic qualification

Neuroscience, PhD, Inhibition in the spinal cord, Australian National University (ANU)


Award Date: 1 Feb 1991

Physiology, BSc (Hons)


Award Date: 1 Nov 1984

Research area keywords

  • Neurobiology
  • Vision
  • Cortex
  • Synapse
  • Plasticity

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