Ms Alexia Saunders

BASc (Hons),

Ms Alexia Saunders

Prior to joining the Bionics Institute Alexia completed a BASc (Hons) at Deakin University Geelong (2001).  After completing studies she commenced a Research Assistant role at Monash University,  Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology(2002-2008).  The main focus of the position was the study of a naturally occurring four amino acid peptide with hypoglycemic activity.  As a result of the groups various cell based assays, protein/peptide assays and preclinical model work the peptide progressed through to phase I clinical trials.   In 2008-2010 she held the role of Scientific Officer at the Monash Antibody Technologies Facility.  She produced antibodies using an automated platform for research organisations.

Alexia commenced work at the Bionics Institute in 2010.  She worked in the preclinical group that developed a wide view retinal prosthesis.  The device was developed for use in patients with Retinitis Pigmentosa.  This work led to the completion of Australia’s first-in-human trial of a retinal prosthesis.  In 2018 Alexia returned to the Bionics Institute after taking a career break.  Her current role is working on the Epilepsy Monitoring project to progress a fully implantable Epilepsy Detection device through to phase I Clinical trials.

List of publications

  1. Sinclair NC, Shivdasani MN, Perera T, Gillespie LN, McDermott HJ,  Ayton LN,  Blamey PJ, for the Bionic Vision Australia Consortium (see appendix for full author list)  The Appearance of Phosphenes Elicited Using a Suprachoroidal Retinal Prosthesis. IOVS. 2016 Sep;57(11): 4948-61
  2. Fox K, Meffin H, Burns O, Abbott CJ, Allen PJ, Opie NL, McGowan C, Yeoh J, Ahnood A, Luu CD, Cicione R, Saunders AL, McPhedran M, Cardamone L, Villalobos J, Garrett DJ, Nayagam DA, Apollo NV, Ganesan K, Shivdasani MN, Stacey A, Escudie M, Lichter S, Shepherd RK, Prawer S.  Development of a Magnetic Attachment Method for Bionic Eye Applications. Artif Organs. 2015 Sep 29.
  3. Garrett DJ, Saunders AL, McGowan C, Specks J, Ganesan K, Meffin H, Williams RA, Nayagam DA. In vivo biocompatibility of boron doped and nitrogen included conductive-diamond for use in medical implants. J Biomed Mater Res B Appl Biomater. 2015 Jan 21.
  4. Lichter SG, Escudié MC, Stacey AD, Ganesan K, Fox K, Ahnood A, Apollo NV, Kua DC, Lee AZ, McGowan C, Saunders AL, Burns O, Nayagam DA, Williams RA, Garrett DJ, Meffin H, Prawer S.  Hermetic diamond capsules for biomedical implants enabled by gold active braze alloys. Biomaterials. 2015 Jun;53:464-74
  5. 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, Williams CE. Safety and efficacy of explanting or replacing suprachoroidal electrode arrays in a feline model. Clin. Experiment Ophthalmol. 2015 Apr;43(3):247-58.
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