A/Prof James Fallon

BSc, BEng, PhD Monash University

Research Director

P: +61 3 9667 7576
F: +61 3 9667 7542
E: jfallon@bionicsinstitute.org

A/Prof James Fallon has a background in a range of areas relevant to research currently underway at the Bionics Institute. He completed a Bachelor of Science (Physiology, 1997), a Bachelor of Engineering (Electrical and Computer Science, with honours, 1998) and a PhD in Biomedical Engineering (2002) from Monash University . He then went on to investigate a range of phenomena related to the sense of touch at the Prince of Wales Medical Research Institute in Sydney.

In 2004 James joined the Bionics Institute to work as a Research Fellow in the Auditory Neuroscience research program, and was the Lions International Research Fellow from 2008 to 2010. He is currently a Senior Research Fellow and heads the Institute's pre-clinical electrophysiology work. His work involves the use of neuroanatomical, electrophysiological, and behavioural techniques to examine the functional changes that occur in the central auditory pathway as a result of long-term deafness and cochlear implant use. He also uses his broad range of skills in the Bionic Eye and Neurobionics projects.

James has authored 36 peer-reviewed scientific papers and 6 book chapters, in addition to authoring over 130 conference presentations at national and international conferences, including 18 as an invited speaker. He has been the principal investigator on more than $483k of research funding and co-chief investigator on an additional $4.5M including grants from the U.S. National Institutes of Health, the National Health and Medical Research Council and the Australian Research Council.. He continues to work closely with industry through research links with Cochlear Ltd and has done over $1.2M of commercial research.

In addition to research activities, James has also supervised 30 research higher degree students (including 9 PhD candidates), has lectured in the Masters of Clinical Audiology, The University of Melbourne, the Masters of Biomedical Engineering, Monash University and the Masters of Biomedical Engineering, La Trobe University, and has been actively involved in the Bio21 Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program.

Research fields of interest

  • Neural prostheses

  • Neurophysiological effects of long term sensory deficits, with particular emphasis on hearing loss and central plasticity

  • Neurophysiological effects of chronic electrical stimulation, with particular emphasis on central plasticity

  • Perceptual effects of long term sensory deficits and chronic electrical stimulation

Research projects


  1. Wade, S.A., Fallon, J.B., Wise, A.K., Shepherd, R.K., James, N.L., Stoddart, P.R. 2014. Measurement of forces at the tip of a cochlear implant during insertion. IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Engineering: 61, 1177-1186.

  2. Fallon, J.B., Shepherd, R.K., Irvine, D.R. 2014. Effects of chronic cochlear electrical stimulation after an extended period of profound deafness on primary auditory cortex organization in cats. The European Journal of Neuroscience: 39, 811-20.

  3. Benovitski, Y.B., Blamey, P.J., Rathbone, G.D., Fallon, J.B. 2013. An automated psychoacoustic testing apparatus for use in cats. Hearing Research: 309C, 1-7.

  4. Irving, S., Trotter, M.I., Fallon, J.B., Millard, R.E., Shepherd, R.K., Wise, A.K. 2013. Cochlear implantation for chronic electrical stimulation in the mouse. Hearing Research: 306, 37-45.

  5. John, S.E., Shivdasani, M.N., Williams, C.E., Morley, J.W., Shepherd, R.K., Rathbone, G.D., Fallon, J.B. 2013. Suprachoroidal electrical stimulation: Effects of stimulus pulse parameters on visual cortical responses. Journal of Neural Engineering: 10, 056011.

  6. Hersbach, A., Grayden, D.B., Fallon, J.B., McDermott, H.J. 2013. A beamformer post-filter for cochlear implant noise reduction. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America: 133, 2412-2420.

  7. Landry, T.G., Fallon, J.B., Wise, A.K., Shepherd, R.K. 2013. Chronic neurotrophin delivery promotes ectopic neurite growth from the spiral ganglion of deafened cochleae without compromising the spatial selectivity of cochlear implants. The Journal of Comparative Neurology: 521, 2818-32.

  8. Shivdasani, M.N., Fallon, J.B., Luu, C.D., Cicione, R., Allen, P.J., Morley, J.W., Williams, C.E. 2012. Visual cortex responses to single- and simultaneous multiple-electrode stimulation of the retina: Implications for retinal prostheses. Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci: 53, 6291-300.

  9. Cicione, R., Shivdasani, M.N., Fallon, J.B., Luu, C.D., Allen, P.J., Rathbone, G.D., Shepherd, R.K., Williams, C.E. 2012. Visual cortex responses to suprachoroidal electrical stimulation of the retina: Effects of electrode return configuration. Journal of Neural Engineering (IF:3.837): 9, 036009.

  10. Perry, D.W.J., Grayden, D.B., Shepherd, R.K., Fallon, J.B. 2012. A fully-implantable rodent neural stimulator. Journal of Neural Engineering: 9, 014001.

  11. Wise, A.K., Fallon, J.B., Neil, A.J., Pettingill, L.N., Geaney, M.S., Skinner, S.J., Shepherd, R.K. 2011. Combining cell-based therapies and neural prostheses to promote neural survival. Neurotherapeutics (IF:6.084): 8, 774-787.

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