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The Australian National University

Dr Vini Gautam

Ph.D.
ARC DECRA, ANU Research Fellow
ANU College of Health and Medicine and ANU College of Engineering and Computer Science

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

Biography

Dr. Vini Gautam is a research fellow at the Research School of Engineering 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 specifically 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 aims to understand the formation of neuronal circuits in the brain. While the role of biochemical features in the brain is well understood, it is not clear how the biophysical properties of the brain affect neural circuit formation. In this project, we study neuronal circuit formation and function on nano-structured scaffolds, designed specifically 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 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).

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Updated:  15 December 2017 / Responsible Officer:  Director (Research Services Division) / Page Contact:  Researchers