Researchers

Dennis Chang

Professor Chang is the Director of NICM Health Research Institute. He also leads the Healthy Hearts Research Program at the Institute. Professor Chang originally trained in medicine and later finished his postgraduate research training in pharmacology. His research interests include clinical and preclinical studies of herbal medicine, yoga, and tai chi for the treatment of cardiovascular disease, diabetes, metabolic disease and dementia.

Alan Bensoussan

Emeritus Professor Bensoussan is one of Australia's prominent researchers in complementary medicine. He has helped NICM Health Research Institute forge a broad network of links with other national and international organisations within government and industry.

Chun Guang Li

Chun Guang Li

Professor Li commenced his role as pharmacology team leader at NICM Health Research Institute in late 2012. During the last five years he has directed several funded research projects, coordinated three courses, including master of Chinese herbal medicine by course work, and supervised Masters and PhD by research with 20 PhD and five Master completions.

Gerald Muench 

Gerald Muench

Professor Muench's project focus is on Alzheimer's disease with a special emphasis on carbonyl stress in age-related and neurodegenerative processes, and also looking at brain inflammation as a major progression factor in Alzheimer's disease.

Prof Jerome Sarris

Jerome Sarris

Jerome Sarris is Professor of Integrative Mental Health and leads the Healthy Minds Research Theme at NICM Health Research Institute. He moved from clinical practice as a naturopath, nutritionist, and acupuncturist to academic work, and completed a doctorate at The University of Queensland in the field of psychiatry. Professor Sarris has a particular interest in anxiety and mood disorder research pertaining to nutraceutical psychopharmacology, in complementary and integrative medicine, lifestyle medicine, and psychotropic plant medicine research.

Bobby Cheema 

Bobby Cheema

Associate Professor Cheema is interested in investigating the health benefits of yoga, meditation, and multi-disciplinary interventions and currently collaborates with colleagues in traditional Chinese medicine, nutritional sciences, medicine, and nursing and midwifery.

Dr Gen Steiner

Genevieve Steiner

Associate Professor Steiner is a NHMRC-ARC Dementia Research Development Fellow and Research Director and Neurocognition Laboratory Lead at NICM Health Research Institute. Her research investigates the psychopharmacological effects of complementary medicines on the neural activity of people living with the early signs of dementia.

Xiaoshu Zhu

Xiaoshu Zhu

Professor Zhu is director of academic program and senior lecturer of the Chinese medicine program in School of Science and Health at Western Sydney University. She is also an inaugural practitioner member of the Chinese Medicine Board of Australia; she serves as working editor for the Cochrane Menstrual Disorders and Subfertility Group, the Cochrane Collaboration.

Carolyn Ee

Carolyn Ee

Dr Ee is a General Practitioner with clinical and research expertise in acupuncture for women's health. She joined NICM Health Research Institute in January 2016 as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow and in November 2017 was appointed the Jacka Foundation Senior Research Fellow. Dr Ee is also the chair of the RACGP Integrative Medicine Specific Interest Group.

 

Tianqing (Michelle) Liu

Dr Tianqing (Michelle) Liu joined NICM Health Research Institute in 2020 as Western Sydney University Vice-Chancellor’s Research Fellow, working in the area of pharmacology and natural product chemistry. She has an interest in human cancers and neurological disorders, with her current research focus on the use of nanotechnology to overcome medical barriers in disease diagnosis and therapy.

Mike Armour

Mike Armour

Dr Armour joined NICM Health Research Institute in 2016 as a Postdoctoral Senior Research Fellow working in the area of women's health, with a specific interest in dysmenorrhea and chronic pelvic pain. His background is a mixture of western and eastern medicine, having completed an honours degree in biomedicine before training as a traditional Chinese medicine practitioner.

Nerida Klupp 

Nerida Klupp

Dr Klupp is lecturer in interprofessional health sciences in the School of Science of Health at Western Sydney University. Her academic background spans health, medicine and education. Nerida has performed systematic reviews and clinical trials in complementary medicine treating cardiovascular risk factors.

Srinivas Nammi 

Srinivas Nammi

Dr Nammi has a doctorate in pharmaceutical sciences, specialising in pharmacology. He has over 15 years of experience in pharmacological research in the areas of endocrine and cardiovascular pharmacology through working on various projects in academic and industrial setting with special focus on the cause and treatment of metabolic syndrome and type 2 diabetes

Suzanne Grant

Suzanne Grant

Dr Suzanne Grant is a Senior Research Fellow at NICM Health Research Institute. Her research focuses on the use and effectiveness of mind-body and biologically based therapies in both cancer and integrative healthcare.

Angelo Sabag

Dr Angelo Sabag was appointed in 2021 as a Research Support Program Fellow at NICM Health Research Institute. His research investigates the physiological effects of lifestyle therapies, such as exercise, on cardiometabolic health.

Deep Jyoti Bhuyan

Dr Bhuyan was appointed in 2021 as a Research Support Program Fellow at NICM Health Research Institute. His research centres on the development of novel antimicrobial and anticancer agents from natural sources and deciphering their molecular mechanisms of action.

Diana Karamacoska

Dr Karamacoska is a cognitive neuroscientist and was appointed in 2021 as a Research Support Program Fellow at NICM Health Research Institute. She has strong interest in improving the health of individuals at risk of, or diagnosed with, conditions that affect the brain.

Mitchell Low

Dr Low is an enthusiastic early career researcher who previously worked in NICM Health Research Institute's TGA accredited Analytical testing laboratory, as the Acting Commercial Laboratory Manager. Over the last eight years with NICM HRI, he has acquired cross disciplinary technical skills as Quality Control Chemist, Research Assistant and Technical Office

Xian (Phoebe) Zhou

Dr Zhou was appointed in 2021 as a Research Support Program Fellow at NICM Health Research Institute. Her research focuses on natural products research, cardiovascular disease and mental health. She joined NICM HRI in 2011 and plays an important role in strengthening the preclinical research program, focusing on synergistic mechanistic actions among constituents in complex herbal formulations.

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Guoyan Yang

Dr Guoyan (Emily) Yang joined NICM Health Research Institute in 2019 as Postdoctoral Research Fellow for clinical research and translation. In 2021, she was appointed in her current role as a Research Support Program Fellow. Her research explores the effectiveness and safety of complementary medicines, including Chinese medicine and tai chi, in the treatment of chronic illness including cardiovascular disease, diabetes and mild cognitive impairment.