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Mohit Shivdasani

PhD, MEng (Biomedical), BEng (Biomedical)

Senior Research Fellow, Bionics Institute

P: +61 3 9667 7569 
F: +61 3 9667 7542 

Dr Shivdasani arrived from India in 2003 to pursue a Master’s degree in Biomedical Engineering at La Trobe University. He was subsequently offered a scholarship to undertake a PhD in Auditory Neuroscience which he completed in 2009. Dr Shivdasani’s PhD successfully introduced for the first time in Australia, multichannel electrophysiological recording techniques to study neural activity in response to micro-stimulation of the auditory brain.  He then took up a postdoctoral Research Fellow position at the Bionics Institute to apply these techniques to other systems, in particular the visual system.

Since 2009, 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 has played a major role in this project since the beginning, and his unique preclinical electrophysiology experiments helped to design and develop Australia's first bionic eye which was successfully implanted in three patients in 2012. 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.

Dr Shivdasani has published 39 papers including 13 as first or senior author in prestigious international journals and has won 10 awards including the 2006 Young Biomedical Engineer of the Year Award presented by Engineers Australia. He is also an inventor on two patents describing novel stimulation strategies for cochlear and retinal implants. In 2013, he became a recipient of a New Investigator Project grant ($359,501) awarded by the NHMRC. He has also supervised several PhD and Master’s students to completion at the Institute and has made numerous invited presentations about his research, both professionally and publicly.

Research fields of interest

  • Electrophysiology

  • Electrode design

Research projects


  1. 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 (2014). PLoS One, 9(12):Article#e115239.

  2. Cicione R, Fallon JB, Rathbone GD, Williams CE and Shivdasani MN (2014). Spatiotamporal 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.

  3. Leung RT, Shivdasani MN, Nayagam DA and Shepherd RK (2014). In vivo and in vitro comparison of the charge injection capacity of platinum macro electrodes. IEEE Transations in Biomedical Engineering (In Press – 3rd November 2014).

  4. 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.

  5. 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 on bionic eye research from Bionic Vision Australia

  6. 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 (2014). Safety and efficacy of explanting or replacing suprachoroidal electrode arrays in a feline model. Clinical and Experimental Ophthalmology (In Press – 5th September 2014).

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

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