Researcher

Dr Mohit Naresh Shivdasani

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Biography

Dr Mohit Shivdasani arrived in Australia from India to pursue a Master’s degree in Biomedical Engineering at La Trobe University, Melbourne. He was subsequently offered a scholarship to undertake a PhD in Auditory Neuroscience following which he took up a postdoctoral Research Fellow position at the Bionics Institute (formerly Bionic Ear Institute) in 2009. Since then, Dr Shivdasani has been part of a multi-disciplinary team whose research...view more

Dr Mohit Shivdasani arrived in Australia from India to pursue a Master’s degree in Biomedical Engineering at La Trobe University, Melbourne. He was subsequently offered a scholarship to undertake a PhD in Auditory Neuroscience following which he took up a postdoctoral Research Fellow position at the Bionics Institute (formerly Bionic Ear Institute) in 2009. Since then, Dr Shivdasani has been part of a multi-disciplinary team whose research is focused on developing a bionic eye for vision restoration in blind humans through a $50M federally funded grant awarded to Bionic Vision Australia. Dr Shivdasani's own research at the Bionics Institute played a major role in this project since the beginning, and his unique preclinical electrophysiology experiments were instrumental in the design and development of Australia's first bionic eye prototype which was successfully implanted in three patients in 2012, only 3 years since the development of the device began. Subsequently, he became part of the team performing carefully controlled psychophysical experiments in the implanted patients, and testing strategies to help patients use their implant to its full capability and improve the level of vision attainable. In February 2018, he was appointed as a Senior Lecturer in Bionics in GSBmE, UNSW and began a new life chapter in Sydney after having lived in Melbourne for 15 years. Based on this unique preclinical and clinical experience with the bionic eye his future goals are to continue basic research to help improve the resolution of devices which will help improve functional outcomes and increase the quality of living for patients.

Dr Shivdasani has published several papers in prestigious international journals and has won many awards including the 2006 Young Biomedical Engineer of the Year presented by Engineers Australia. In 2014, he procured independent research funding through a New Investigator Project grant from the National Health and Medical Research Council of Australia and was elected as a Senior Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) in 2016. Dr Shivdasani has also supervised a number of PhD and Master’s students to completion and has made numerous local and international invited presentations about his research, both professionally and publicly. See below for Dr Shivdasani's current CV.

 

Current Appointments

  • Senior Lecturer in Bionics and Neuromodulation, Graduate School of Biomedical Engineering, University of New South Wales, NSW, Australia
  • Honorary Research Fellow, The Bionics Institute of Australia (Formerly The Bionic Ear Institute), East Melbourne, VIC, Australia

 

Professional Memberships

  • Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society (EMBS): Senior Member: Feb 2016 to Present; Member: June 2015 – Feb 2016, Jan 1999 – Dec 2002
  • Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO): Member: 2011-Present

 

Publications

Journal Articles

  1. Barutchu A, Fifer JM, Shivdasani MN, Crewther SG and Paolini AG (2019). The interplay between multisensory associative learning and IQ in children. Child Development, In Press
  2. Barutchu A, Toohey S, Shivdasani MN, Fifer JM, Crewther SG, Grayden DB and Paolini AG (2019). Multisensory perception and attention in school-age children. Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, 180:141-55.
  3. Apollo NV, Jiang J, Cheung W, Baquier S, Lai A, Mirebedini A, Foroughi J, Wallace GG, Shivdasani MN, Prawer S, Chen S, Williams R, Cook MJ, Nayagam DAX and Garrett DJ (2018), Development and characterization of a sucrose microneedle neural electrode delivery system, Advanced Biosystems, Vol. 2.
  4. Abbott CJ, Nayagam DAX, Luu CD, Epp SB, Williams RA, Salinas-LaRosa CM, Villalobos J, McGowan C, Shivdasani MN, Burns O, Leavens J, Yeoh J, Brandli AA, Thien PC, Zhou J, Feng H, Williams CE, Shepherd RK and Allen PJ (2018). Safety studies for a 44-channel suprachoroidal retinal prosthesis: A chronic passive study. Investigative Ophthalmology and Visual Science, 59(3):1410-24.
  5. Spencer TC, Fallon JB and Shivdasani MN (2018). Creating virtual electrodes with 2D current steering. Journal of Neural Engineering, 15(3):035002.
  6. Titchener SA, Shivdasani MN, Fallon JB, and Petoe MA (2018). Gaze compensation as a technique for improving hand-eye coordination in prosthetic vision. Translational Vision Science and Technology, 7(1):2.
  7. Sikder MKU, Fallon JB, Shivdasani MN, Ganesan K, Seligman P and Garrett DJ (2017). Wireless induction coils embedded in diamond for power transfer in medical implants. Biomedical Microdevices, 19(4):79.
  8. Shivdasani MN, Sinclair NC, Gillespie LN, Petoe MA, Titchener S, Fallon JB, Perera T, Pardinas-Diaz D, Barnes N and Blamey PJ for the Bionic Vision Australia Consortium (2017). Identification of characters and localisation of images using direct multiple electrode stimulation with a suprachoroidal retinal prosthesis. Investigative Ophthalmology and Visual Science, 58(10):3962-74.
  9. Halupka KJ, Abbott CA, Wong YT, Cloherty SL, Grayden DB, Burkitt AN, Sergeev EN, Luu CD, Brandli A, Allen PJ, Meffin H and Shivdasani MN (2017). Neural responses to multielectrode stimulation of healthy and degenerate retina. Investigative Ophthalmology and Visual Science, 58(9):3770-84.
  10. Petoe MA, McCarthy CD, Sinclair NC, Shivdasani MN, Scott AF, Ayton LN, Barnes NM, Guymer RH, Allen PJ and Blamey PJ for the Bionic Vision Australia Consortium (2017). Determining the contribution of retinotopic discrimination to localisation performance with a suprachoroidal retinal prosthesis. Investigative Ophthalmology and Visual Science, 58(7):3231-39.
  11. Petoe MA and Shivdasani MN (2016). Are long stimulus pulse durations the answer to improving spatial resolution in retinal prostheses? Annals of Translational Medicine, 4(21):434.
  12. Halupka K, Shivdasani MN, Cloherty SL, Grayden DB, Wong YT, Burkitt AN and Meffin H (2016). Prediction of cortical responses to simultaneous electrical stimulation of the retina. Journal of Neural Engineering, 14(1):Article#016006.
  13. Aplin FP, Fletcher EL, Luu CD, Vessey KA, Allen PJ, Guymer RH, Shepherd RK and Shivdasani MN (2016). Stimulation of a suprachoroidal retinal prosthesis drives cortical responses in a feline model of retinal degeneration. Investigative Ophthalmology and Visual Science, 57(13):5216-29.
  14. Sinclair NC, Shivdasani MN, Perera T, Gillespie LN, McDermott HJ, Ayton LN and Blamey PJ (2016). The appearance of phosphenes elicited using a suprachoroidal retinal prosthesis. Investigative Ophthalmology and Visual Science, 57(11):4948-61.
  15. Spencer TC, Fallon JB, Thien PC and Shivdasani MN (2016). Spatial restriction of neural activation using focused multipolar stimulation with a retinal prosthesis. Investigative Ophthalmology and Visual Science, 57(7):3181-91.
  16. George SS, Shivdasani MN* and Fallon JB* (2016). Effect of current focusing on the sensitivity of inferior colliculus neurons to amplitude modulated stimulation. Journal of Neurophysiology, 116(3):1104-16. *Equal Authorship
  17. Barnes N, Scott AF, Lieby P, Petoe MA, McCarthy C, Stacey A, Ayton LN, Sinclair NC, Shivdasani MN, Lovell NH, McDermott HJ and Walker JG for the Bionic Vision Australia Consortium (2016). Vision function testing for a suprachoroidal retinal prosthesis: effects of image filtering. Journal of Neural Engineering, 13(3):Article#036013.
  18. Wong YT, Halupka K, Kameneva T, Cloherty SL, Grayden DB, Burkitt AN, Meffin H and Shivdasani MN (2016). Spectral distribution of local field potential responses to electrical stimulation of the retina. Journal of Neural Engineering, 13(3):Article#036003.
  19. Fox K, Meffin H, Burns O, Abbott CJ, Allen PJ, Opie NL, McGowan C, Yeoh J, Ahnood A, Luu CD, Cicione R, Saunders AL, McPhedran M, Cardamone L, Villalobos J, Garrett DJ, Nayagam DAX, Apollo NV, Ganesan K, Shivdasani MN, Stacey A, Escudie M, Lichter S, Shepherd RK and Prawer S (2015). Development of a magnetic attachment method for bionic eye applications. Artificial Organs, 40(3):E12-24.
  20. Apollo NV, Maturana M, Tong W, Nayagam DAX, Shivdasani MN, Foroughi J, Wallace G, Prawer S, Ibbotson MR and Garrett DJ (2015). Soft, flexible freestanding neural stimulation and recording electrodes fabricated from reduced graphene oxide. Advanced Functional Materials, 25(3):3551-9.
  21. George SS, Shivdasani MN, Wise AK, Shepherd RK and Fallon JB (2015). Electrophysiological channel interactions using focused multipolar stimulation for cochlear implants. Journal of Neural Engineering, 12(6):Article#066005.
  22. Leung RT, Shivdasani MN, Nayagam DA and Shepherd RK (2015). In vivo and in vitro comparison of the charge injection capacity of platinum macro electrodes. IEEE Transactions in Biomedical Engineering, 62(3):849-57.
  23. Leung RT, Nayagam DA, Williams RA, Allen PJ, Salinas-La Rosa CM, Luu CD, Shivdasani MN, Ayton LN, Basa M, Yeoh J, Saunders AL, Shepherd RK and Williams CE (2015). Safety and efficacy of explanting or replacing suprachoroidal electrode arrays in a feline model. Clinical and Experimental Ophthalmology, 43(3):247-58.
  24. Ayton LN, Blamey PJ, Guymer RH, Luu CD, Nayagam DA, Sinclair NC, Shivdasani MN, Yeoh J, McCombe MF, Briggs RJ, Opie NL, Villalobos J, Dimitrov PN, Varsamidis M, Petoe MA, McCarthy CD, Walker JG, Barnes N, Burkitt AN, Williams CE, Shepherd RK and Allen PJ for the Bionic Vision Australia Consortium (2014). First-in-human trial of a novel suprachoroidal retinal prosthesis. PLoS One, 9(12):Article#e115239.
  25. Cicione R, Fallon JB, Rathbone GD, Williams CE and Shivdasani MN (2014). Spatiotemporal interactions in the visual cortex following paired electrical stimulation of the retina. Investigative Ophthalmology and Visual Science, 55(12):7726-38. FEATURED ON JOURNAL COVER PAGE.
  26. Dumm G, Fallon JB, Williams CE and Shivdasani MN (2014). Virtual electrodes by current steering in retinal prostheses. Investigative Ophthalmology and Visual Science, 55(12):8077-85.
  27. Shivdasani MN, Sinclair NC, Dimitrov PN, Varsamidis M, Ayton LN, Luu CD, Perera T, McDermott HJ and Blamey PJ for the Bionic Vision Australia Consortium (2014). Factors affecting perceptual thresholds in a suprachoroidal retinal prosthesis. Investigative Ophthalmology and Visual Science, 55(10):6467-81. FIRST CLINICAL PUBLICATION FROM BIONIC VISION AUSTRALIA
  28. George SS, Wise AK, Shivdasani MN, Shepherd RK and Fallon JB (2014). Evaluation of focused multipolar stimulation for cochlear implants in acutely deafened cats. Journal of Neural Engineering, 11(6):Article#065003.
  29. Villalobos J, Fallon JB, Nayagam DA, Shivdasani MN, Luu CD, Allen PJ, Shepherd RK and Williams CE (2014). Cortical activation following chronic passive implantation of a wide-field suprachoroidal retinal prosthesis. Journal of Neural Engineering, 11(4):Article#046017.
  30. Nayagam DA, Williams RA, Allen PJ, Shivdasani MN, Luu CD, Salinas-LaRosa CM, Finch S, Ayton LN, Saunders AL, McPhedran M, McGowan C, Villalobos J, Fallon JB, Wise AK, Yeoh J, Xu J, Feng H, Millard R, McWade M, Thien PC, Williams CE and Shepherd RK (2014). Chronic electrical stimulation with a suprachoroidal retinal prosthesis: a preclinical safety and efficacy study. PLoS One, 9(5):Article#e97182.
  31. Ganesan K, Garrett DJ, Ahnood A, Shivdasani MN, Tong W, Turnley AM, Fox K, Meffin H and Prawer S (2014). An all-diamond, hermetic electrical feedthrough array for a retinal prosthesis. Biomaterials, 35(3):908-15.
  32. John SE, Shivdasani MN, Williams CE, Morley JW, Shepherd RK, Rathbone GD and Fallon JB (2013). Suprachoroidal electrical stimulation: effects of stimulus pulse parameters on visual cortical responses. Journal of Neural Engineering, 10(5):Article#056011.
  33. Shepherd RK, Shivdasani MN, Nayagam DAX, Williams CE and Blamey PJ (2013). Visual prostheses for the blind. Trends in Biotechnology, 31(10):562-71. FEATURED ON JOURNAL COVER PAGE.
  34. Fifer JM, Barutchu A, Shivdasani MN and Crewther SG (2013). Verbal and novel multisensory associative learning in adults [v1; ref status: indexed, http://f1000r.es/p4] F1000Research, 2:34 (doi:10.12688/f1000research.2-34.v1).
  35. Mauger SJ, Shivdasani MN, Rathbone GD and Paolini AG (2012). An in vivo investigation of inferior colliculus single neuron responses to cochlear nucleus pulse train stimulation. Journal of Neurophysiology, 108:2999-3008.
  36. Shivdasani MN, Fallon JB, Luu CD, Cicione R, Allen PJ, Morley JW and Williams CE (2012). Visual cortex responses to single and simultaneous multiple electrode stimulation of the retina: implications for retinal prostheses. Investigative Ophthalmology and Visual Science, 53(10):6291-300.
  37. Hadjinicolaou AE, Leung RT, Garrett DJ, Ganesan K, Fox K, Nayagam DA, Shivdasani MN, Meffin H, Ibbotson MR, Prawer S and O’Brien BJ (2012). Electrical stimulation of retinal ganglion cells with diamond and the development of an all diamond retinal prosthesis. Biomaterials, 33(24):5812-20.
  38. Cicione R, Shivdasani MN, Fallon JB, Luu CD, Allen PJ, Rathbone GD, Shepherd RK and Williams CE (2012). Visual cortex responses to suprachoroidal electrical stimulation of the retina: effects of electrode return configuration. Journal of Neural Engineering, 9(3):Article#036009.
  39. John SE, Shivdasani MN, Leuenberger J, Fallon JB, Shepherd RK, Millard RE, Rathbone GD and Williams CE (2011). An automated system for rapid evaluation of high density electrode arrays in neural prostheses. Journal of Neural Engineering, 8(3):Article#036011.
  40. Innes-Brown H, Barutchu A, Shivdasani MN, Crewther DP, Grayden DB and Paolini AG (2011). Susceptibility to the flash-beep illusion is increased in children compared to adults. Developmental Psychology, 14(5):1089-99.
  41. Barutchu A, Crewther SG, Fifer J, Shivdasani MN, Innes-Brown H, Toohey S, Danaher J and Paolini AG (2011). The Relationship between Multisensory Integration and IQ in Children. Developmental Psychology, 47(3):877-85.
  42. Shivdasani MN, Mauger SJ, Argent RE, Rathbone GD and Paolini AG (2010). Inferior Colliculus Responses to Dual Site Intra-Lamina Stimulation in the Ventral Cochlear Nucleus. Journal of Comparative Neurology, 518(20):4226-42.
  43. Shivdasani MN, Luu CD, Cicione R, Fallon JB, Allen PJ, Leuenberger J, Suaning GJ, Lovell NH, Shepherd RK and Williams CE (2010). Evaluation of stimulus parameters and electrode geometry for an effective suprachoroidal retinal prosthesis. Journal of Neural Engineering, 7(3):Article#036008. FIRST PRECLINICAL PUBLICATION FROM THE BIONICS INSTITUTE ON BIONIC EYE RESEARCH.
  44. Mauger SJ, Shivdasani MN, Rathbone GD, Argent RE and Paolini AG (2010). An in vivo investigation of first spike latencies in the inferior colliculus in response to multichannel penetrating auditory brainstem implant stimulation. Journal of Neural Engineering, 7(3):Article#036004.
  45. Crea KN, Shivdasani MN, Argent RE, Mauger SJ, Rathbone GD, O’Leary SJ and Paolini AG (2010). Acute cochlear nucleus compression alters tuning properties of inferior colliculus neurons. Audiology and Neurotology, 15(1):18-26.
  46. Barutchu A, Danaher J, Crewther SG, Innes-Brown H, Shivdasani MN and Paolini AG (2010). Audiovisual integration in noise by children and adults. Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, 105(1-2):38-50.
  47. Shivdasani MN, Mauger SJ, Rathbone GD and Paolini AG (2009). Neural synchrony in ventral cochlear nucleus neuron populations is not mediated by intrinsic processes but is stimulus induced: implications for auditory brainstem implants. Journal of Neural Engineering, 6(6):Article#065003.
  48. Shivdasani MN, Mauger SJ, Rathbone GD and Paolini AG (2008). Inferior colliculus responses to multichannel microstimulation of the ventral cochlear nucleus: implications for auditory brainstem implants. Journal of Neurophysiology, 99(1):1-13.
  49. Youssoufian M, Couchman K, Shivdasani MN, Paolini AG and Walmsley B (2008). Maturation of auditory brainstem projections and calyces in the congenitally deaf (dn/dn) mouse. Journal of Comparative Neurology, 506(3):442-451.

Peer-Reviewed Full Conference Papers

  1. Spencer TC, Fallon JB, Abbott CJ, Allen PJ, Brandli A, Luu CD, Epp SB and Shivdasani MN (2018). Electrical field shaping techniques in a feline model of retinal degeneration. IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology 2018 Annual Meeting Proceedings, 1222-5.

Book Chapters

  1. Shepherd RK, Seligman PM and Shivdasani MN (2015). Auditory and Visual Prostheses in Neurobionics: The Biomedical Engineering of Neural Prostheses.
  2. Fox K, Garrett DJ, Burns O, Shivdasani MN, and Meffin H (2015). The bionic eye: a review of multi-electrode arrays in Handbook of Bioelectronics.

Patents

  1. “Method and apparatus for stimulating retinal nerve cells”, US9192765 – Granted in the US and AU. Licensed to Bionic Vision Technologies Pty Ltd.
  2. “Auditory signal processing”, US9338567 – Granted in the US and AU. Licensed to Cochlear Ltd.

 

 

Present Collaborations

 

  1. Prof Nigel Lovell, A/Prof Socrates Dokos and Dr Tianruo Guo, Graduate School of Biomedical Engineering, University of New South Wales – Stimulation strategies for the next generation of retinal prostheses
  2. Prof Paul Carter and Dr Nicole Fong, Cochlear Ltd - Dissolution of platinum electrodes
  3. Dr Matthew Petoe, Bionics Institute – psychophysical testing of a 44-channel fully implantable retinal prosthesis
  4. A/Prof James Fallon, Prof Robert Shepherd, and A/Prof Chris Williams, Bionics Institute – electrode design and stimulation strategies for cochlear and retinal prostheses
  5. A/Prof Penny Allen and A/Prof Chi Luu, Centre for Eye Research Australia and The Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital – novel surgical techniques for implantation of retinal prostheses
  6. Dr David Garrett, University of Melbourne – manufacturing of diamond-based coils and electrodes for retinal prostheses
  7. Prof Stuart Cogan, University of Texas, Dallas – novel materials for stimulating electrodes
  8. Dr Hamish Meffin, Dept. of Optometry and Vision Science, and Professors David Grayden and Anthony Burkitt, Dept. of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, University of Melbourne – Improvement of retinal prostheses through neural models
  9. Dr Chris McCarthy, Dept. of Computer Science and Software Engineering, Swinburne University – Novel vision processing and electrode stimulation strategies for retinal prostheses
  10. Dr Stefan Mauger, Senior Engineer, Cochlear Ltd – Novel stimulation strategies for cochlear implants
  11. Dr Kate Fox, School of Aerospace, Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering, RMIT University – neural responses in the visual cortex to retinal stimulation using diamond electrodes
  12. Prof John Morley, School of Medicine, Western Sydney University – Responses of retinal ganglion cells to subretinal electrical stimulation of the retina
  13. A/Prof Shelley Fried, Department of Neurosurgery, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, USA – New stimulation strategies to reduce current spread and minimise axonal activation during retinal stimulation

 

Invited Scientific Presentations

  1. The Bionic Vision Australia suprachoroidal retinal prosthesis – Journey from benchtop to clinical trials; Annual Meeting of the Australian Neuroscience Society, Special Symposium on Bionics, December 2017.
  2. The Bionic Vision Australia suprachoroidal retinal prosthesis – Journey from benchtop to clinical trials; Department of Biomedical Engineering, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, USA, September 2016
  3. Visual cortex responses to suprachoroidal retinal stimulation; Neural Prosthetic Lab, Department of Neurosurgery, Harvard Medical School, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, USA, September 2016
  4. Current steering and current focusing techniques for retinal prostheses; The Eye and the Chip, 9th Biennial World Research Congress on Artificial Vision, Detroit, USA, September 2016
  5. Making phosphenes meaningful – Image and pattern recognition with a suprachoroidal retinal prosthesis; 2nd International Symposium on Visual Prosthetics, Aachen, Germany, November 2015
  6. Update on the Bionic Vision Australia suprachoroidal retinal prosthesis – Development and clinical trials; Institute de la Vision, Paris, France, December 2015
  7. From bench to clinical trials – The journey of the Bionic Vision Australia retinal prosthesis; Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen, Germany, December 2015
  8. From bench to clinical trials – The journey of a retinal prosthesis; Department of Physiology, Monash University, February 2014
  9. Suprachoroidal electrical stimulation of the retina – lessons learnt so far from acute experiments; 2nd UWS Sensory Neuroscience Symposium, University of Western Sydney, December 2011
  10. Bionic eyes – looking back and looking forward; Excitable Cells Conference, Melbourne, Australia, September 2010
  11. Auditory brain implants - how far can we go?; Frontiers in Otorhinolaryngology, Noosa, Australia, August 2008
  12. Dual site stimulation of the ventral cochlear nucleus: insights into penetrating auditory brainstem implant design; 5th Australasian Auditory Neuroscience Workshop, Hobart, Australia, January 2008
  13. Auditory brainstem implants – Can they restore hearing?; 1st Excitable Cells Neuroscience Retreat, Melbourne, Australia, May 2007
  14. Microstimulation of the cochlear nucleus evokes frequency specific activation in the midbrain of rats; 4th Australasian Auditory Neuroscience Workshop, Mt Elisa, Australia, January 2007

 

Media, Industry and School Outreach

  1. Medical Bionics and the Bionic Eye; Live radio interview with Lish Fejer on 666ABC Canberra, 21st Feb 2016
  2. Taking up a Career in Science – Bionic Eye Project Example; Ivanhoe Girls Grammar Careers Night, July 2014, Ivanhoe Girls Grammar School
  3. How National Instruments and LabVIEW have helped to build a bionic eye; LabVIEW Developer Days, Organised by National Instruments Inc., May 2014, Melbourne Convention Centre
  4. Technical considerations for a bionic eye; International student visit from Republic Polytechnic, Singapore, Mar 2014, Centre for Eye Research Australia
  5. What patients see upon electrical stimulation of the retina; Live radio interview with John Stanley on 2UE radio, 16th September 2013
  6. How National Instruments has contributed to the bionic eye”; National Instruments Academic Days, Organised by National Instruments Inc., July 2013, RMIT University
  7. My experience in the bionic eye project; Adopt a School Program (Secondary School Student Visit), 2010, Bionics Institute
  8. Bionic Eyes and Audio-Visual Integration; Adopt a School Program (Secondary School Student Visit), August 2009, Bionics Institute

 

Organisational Leadership

  • Category B member of the UNSW Animal Care and Ethics Committee (May 2018 – Present)
  • Category B member of the Bionics Institute Animal Research Ethics Committee (Formerly the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital Animal Research Ethics Committee, March 2015 – December 2017)
  • Member of the Bionics Institute Gender Equity Committee (July 2015 – Present)
  • Member of the Occupational Health and Safety Advisory Group of the Bionics Institute (2009 – 2015)
  • La Trobe University Postgraduate Association – President (Dec 2005 – Nov 2006); Treasurer (Dec 2004 – Nov 2005); Committee Member (Jan 2004 – Dec 2004, Dec 2006 – March 2008)

 

****DR SHIVDASANI IS CURRENTLY LOOKING FOR STUDENTS (UNDERGRADUATE THESIS, SCIENCE HONOURS, MASTER'S AND PhD) HIGHLY INTERESTED IN CUTTING-EDGE IN VITRO AND IN VIVO BIONIC EYE RESEARCH. FOR MORE DETAILS ON PROJECTS SEE LIST OF PROJECTS BELOW OR CONTACT DR SHIVDASANI DIRECTLY**** 

 


My Grants

  1. UNSW-DAAD Grant; 2019-2020; $25,000; Role: CIA
  2. Retina Australia Project Grant; 2019; $39,900; Role: CIC
  3. UNSW Mental Health, Neuroscience and Addictions Theme Seed Grant; 2018-2019; $40,000; Role: Co-CI
  4. UNSW Research Infrastructure Award #RG18273; 2018; $351,666; Role: Co-CI
  5. UNSW Research Infrastructure Award #RG183053; 2018; $55,203; Role: Co-CI
  6. UNSW Engineering Faculty Infrastructure Award; 2018; $145,000; Role: Co-CI
  7. National Health and Medical Research Council New Investigator Project Grant #1063093; 2014-2017; “Improving Spatial Resolution in Retinal Prostheses through Novel Electrical Stimulation Techniques”; $359,501; Role: CIA
  8. Australian Research Council Linkage Project #LP13010022; 2013-2016; “Improved effectiveness of cochlear implants through new simultaneous stimulation techniques”. $350,000; Role: Named Research Fellow

My Qualifications

Doctor of Philosophy (Bionics and Neuroscience) (2004 – 2009), La Trobe University, Melbourne, Australia

Master of Electronic Engineering (Biomedical Engineering Specialisation) (2003), La Trobe University, Melbourne, Australia

Bachelor of Biomedical Engineering (Honours) (1998 – 2002), Mumbai University, Mumbai, India


My Awards

  1. Australia-China Young Scientists Exchange Program Fellowship, October 2017, ATSE, Australia
  2. Bionic Vision Technologies Travel Grant, September 2017, Bionic Vision Technologies
  3. CASS Foundation Travel Grant, April 2016, CASS Foundation, Australia
  4. International Symposium on Visual Prosthetics Travel Grant, November 2015, RWTH Aachen University, Germany
  5. Bionic Vision Australia Travel Grant, February 2014, Bionic Vision Australia
  6. Harold Mitchell Postdoctoral Travelling Fellow, June 2010, Harold Mitchell Foundation and The Bionic Ear Institute, Australia
  7. Student outstanding poster presentation prize, December 2008, Medical Bionics conference, Lorne, Australia
  8. Harold Mitchell Postgraduate Student Travelling Fellow, June 2007, Harold Mitchell Foundation and The Bionic Ear Institute, Australia
  9. Engineers Australia Young Biomedical Engineer Award, September 2006, Engineering in Physical Sciences and Medicine conference, Noosa, Australia
  10. Student poster presentation prize, July 2006, Frontiers in Otorhinolaryngology conference, Sanctuary Cove, Australia
  11. Student poster presentation prize, January 2006, Australian Neuroscience Society conference, Sydney, Australia
  12. Student Paper Presentation - First Prize, October 2001, Institute of Engineers All India Paper presentation contest, Mumbai, India

My Research Supervision


Areas of supervision

AVAILABLE STUDENT PROJECTS

  1. Novel current focusing and steering methods to improve spatial resolution of bionic eyes
  2. Stimulation strategies for selective activation of different neuron classes
  3. Platinum dissolution and stimulation waveforms to minimise dissolution
  4. Generation of direct current with neural stimulation and safety limits
  5. Encoding of touch in the somtosensory brainstem: towards a touch feedback prosthesis (collaboration with Dr Jason Potas, School of Medical Sciences, UNSW)
  6. Understanding the influence of retinal degeneration on the efficacy of retinal stimulation

Currently supervising

Postgraduate Supervision

Ongoing (2 PhDs)

  1. Co-Supervisor for Mr Sam Titchener (PhD, The University of Melbourne). Thesis Topic: Eye tracking methods for a retinal prosthesis. Expected completion in 2019.
  2. Primary Supervisor for Mr Thomas Spencer (PhD, The University of Melbourne). Thesis Title: Preclinical investigation of electrical field shaping strategies for retinal prostheses. Submitted for examination in Dec 2018.

Completed (5 PhDs, 4 Masters)

  1. Co-Supervisor for Dr Kabir Sikder (PhD, The University of Melbourne). Thesis Title: “Exploring the use of diamond in medical implants”. Currently working in the Department of Physics, Jahangirnagar University, Bangladesh.
  2. Co-Supervisor for Dr Kerry Halupka (PhD, The University of Melbourne). Thesis Title: “Prediction and shaping of visual cortex activity for retinal prostheses”. PhD completed December 2017. Currently working at the Victorian Centre for Data Insights, Australia.
  3. Supervisor for Ms Patricia Rodrigues (MSc in Biomedical Engineering Internship, University of Twente, Netherlands. Report Title: “Calcium Imaging Techniques for Wholemount Cat Retinal Cells”. Internship completed in 2016. Currently working at ASML, Netherlands.
  4. Co-Supervisor for Dr Shefin George (PhD, The University of Melbourne). Thesis Title: “Investigating the effect of Focused Multipolar Stimulation for Cochlear Implants: Preclinical Studies”. PhD completed in June 2016. Currently working at Stanford University, USA.
  5. Co-Supervisor for Mr Bart Steensma (MSc in Biomedical Engineering Internship, University of Twente, Netherlands. Report Title: “Characterization of electrode coatings for neural stimulation”. Internship completed in 2014. Currently pursuing a PhD at UMN Utrecht, Netherlands.
  6.  Co-Supervisor for Dr Rosemary Cicione (PhD, La Trobe University). Thesis Title: “Visual cortex responses to suprachoroidal electrical stimulation of the retina”. PhD completed in 2014. Currently working at Medibio Limited, Australia.
  7. Co-supervisor for Dr Sam John (PhD, La Trobe University). Thesis Title: Retinal Prostheses: “Optimising electrical stimulation for suprachoroidal retinal prostheses”. PhD completed in 2013. Currently working at the University of Melbourne, Australia.
  8. Primary Supervisor for Mr Gerald Dumm (MSc in Biomedical Engineering, University of Applied Sciences, Luebeck, Germany). Thesis Title: “Intermediate phosphenes by current steering in retinal prostheses”. Degree completed in 2013. Currently working at Johnson and Johnson Medical, Germany.
  9. Primary Supervisor for Mr Austin Mueller (MSc in Life Sciences and Technology, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Lausanne). Thesis Title: “Development and application of instrumentation for parallel stimulation and safety testing of high resolution retinal prostheses”. Degree completed in 2012. Currently working at Zimmer Biomet, USA.

Undergraduate Supervision

Ongoing

  1. Primary Supervisor for Mr Mohamed Al Mouiee (Bachelor of Software Engineering/Master of Biomedical Engineering, UNSW). Thesis Topic: Machine learning techniques to study retinal degeneration. Expected completion in Dec 2019.
  2. Primary Supervisor for Mr Mihailo Evans (Bachelor of Electrical Engineering/Master of Biomedical Engineering, UNSW). Thesis Topic: Neural responses to stimulation of a diamond bionic eye. Expected completion in June 2019.
  3. Primary Supervisor for Mr Zubin Nanavati (Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering/Master of Biomedical Engineering, UNSW). Thesis Topic: Design of a low-cost biphasic neural stimulator. Expected completion in June 2019.

My Teaching

COURSE CO-ORDINATOR

BIOM9660; Implantable Bionics; Term 2, 2019

GUEST LECTURER

BIOM9420; Clinical Laboratory Science; Term 2, 2019

BIOM9640; Biomedical Instrumentation; Term 3, 2019

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