Dr Vini Gautam

B.Sc (H) Physics; M.S (Research); PhD. (Materials Science)
ARC DECRA, Westpac Research Fellow
ANU College of Health and Medicine
T: +61 2 612 54907

Areas of expertise

  • Biomaterials 090301
  • Nanomaterials 100708
  • Neurosciences 1109
  • Nanobiotechnology 100703
  • Molecular And Organic Electronics 100702
  • Regenerative Medicine (Incl. Stem Cells And Tissue Engineering) 100404


Dr. Vini Gautam is a 2018 ARC DECRA and Westpac Research fellow at the John Curtin School of Medical Research at the Australian National University, Canberra. She received her Ph.D. in Materials Science from the Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research (India) in the year 2014, during which she worked on integrating optoelectronic materials with blind retinas for application in bionic vision implants. She has an experience of experimental techniques in both materials science and neurophysiology, and she currently collaborates with researchers across physics, chemistry, engineering and neuroscience. Vini's current research interests focus on biointerfacing of advanced materials for developing neuroprosthetic implants, and exploring novel biomaterials for tissue engineering and drug delivery applications.

Researcher's projects

Using nano-structured scaffolds to understand and engineer neural circuits

This is a cross-disciplinary project in Neural Engineering, which brings together the fields of nanotechnology and neurosciences. The project involves studying neuronal circuit formation and function on nano-structured scaffolds, which are designed to mimic the biophysical cues in the brain. With the outcomes of this project, we aim to achieve a better understanding of neuronal circuit formation as well as establish design rules for creating scaffolds to repair neuronal circuits e.g. after brain injury.

The project brings together researchers from multiple areas within the ANU (Electronic Materials Engineering; Eccles Institute of Neuroscience; Australian National Fabrication Facility; and Research School of Engineering).

Available student projects

Fabrication of Nanowire Scaffolds for NeuroEngineering

I am looking for motivated students interested in pursuing a PhD on this interdisciplinary topic. The project will involve fabrication of nano-scaffolds for studying various questions related to the formation of neural circuits in the brain.

The project will be carried out across the Eccles Institute of Neuroscience and the Research School of Physics and Engineering (under co-supervision of Prof. Chennupati Jagadish) at the ANU.

Students with a background in materials science, engineering or nanotechnology with some experience (or a keen interest in learning cross-disciplinary skills) in biology/neuroscience or vice versa should contact me at vini.gautam@anu.edu.au. Please include your CV, academic transcripts, possible referee names and a brief description of your research interests.

Current student projects

Studying the effect of scaffold conductivity on engineered neural networks

This project aims to explore how the surface conductivity of nanowire scaffolds influences neural networks in terms of growth and/or function.
Current student: Mr. Austin Loke (MEDI8013 - Research Project)

Projects and Grants

Grants information is drawn from ARIES. To add or update Projects or Grants information please contact your College Research Office.

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