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Dr Murthi is a Senior Research Fellow within the Fibrosis Laboratory at the Department of Pharmacology. Dr Murthi is working with A/Prof Chrishan Samuel on the NHMRC funded project on "enhancing the anti-fibrotic and regenerative capcity of bone-marrow derived stem cells". Dr Murthi will also "evaluate the peptide-based anti-fibrotics in treating cardiac, kidney and lung fibrosis".

Dr Murthi is a reproductive biologist and placentologist with research expertise in placental development and function in human idiopathic fetal growth restriction (FGR) and has generated more than 100 publications in this field. FGR significantly contributes to higher incidence of metabolic, renal and cardiovascular diseases (CVD) later in life. Dr Murthi's long term research aim is to develop and deliver novel peptides as targted therapeutics to improve cardiac and vascular structure and function in individuals with FGR. A more detailed knowledge of underlying disease mechanisms is likely to advance prevention and treatment of FGR and its complications, and thereby improve long-term out-comes for patients with FGR.

Dr Murthi was awarded a PhD in 1995 from the University of Melbourne under the supervision of Prof Richard Larkins. From 2000 to 2014, Dr Murthi was employed at the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, University of Melbourne and the Department of Maternal-Fetal Medicine, Royal Women's Hospital. In 2015-2018, she was recruited to Monash University within the Department of Medicine, School of Clinical Sciences and the Ritchie Centre, Hudson Institute of Medical Research as a Senior Research Fellow and as a Teaching Associate. 

Dr Murthi also serves on the editorial boards of reproductive biology journals, Placenta and International Journal of Reproductive Sciences and Scientific Reprots. She is the elected secretary of International Federation of Placental Associations (IFPA) and act as a chair person of the IFPA award committee.

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

Education, Graduate Certificate in Higher Education, Victoria University

Award Date: 15 May 2020

Medicine, PhD, Extarcellular matrix proteins in diabetic nephropathy., University of Melbourne

Award Date: 4 Nov 1994

Medicine, MPhil, Enzymes and proteins in the development of type 2 diabetes, University of Madras

Award Date: 3 Jun 1988

Biochemistry, MSc, University of Madras

Award Date: 30 Dec 1986

Zoology, BSc, University of Madras

Award Date: 15 Jun 1984

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