Mehrnaz Shoushtarian graduated with a PhD in Biomedical Engineering from Monash University. She has worked in both research (Monash Health, Eastern Health) and industry (Cortical Dynamics, Hearing Cooperative Research Centre). Her research has focused on measurement and processing of physiological signals using conventional and novel recording techniques and use of research outcomes for development and commercialisation of medical devices.

Previously she was Principal Scientist at Cortical Dynamics Ltd, a start-up medical device company, where she was part of a small team that took a depth of anaesthesia monitor prototype through to clinical trials and regulatory approval in Australia and Europe. Her current role at the Bionics Institute involves using functional near-infrared spectroscopy (fNIRS) in areas of hearing research such as cochlear implants and tinnitus. She also assists in performing business analysis for commercialisation of research.

E: [email protected]

Research projects


Recent publications

  1. Weder, S., M. Shoushtarian, V. Olivares, X. Zhou, H. Innes-Brown, and C. McKay. 2020. Cortical fNIRS Responses Can Be Better Explained by Loudness Percept than Sound Intensity, Ear and Hearing: [epub ahead of print].

  2. Shoushtarian, M., S. Weder, H. Innes-Brown, and C. M. McKay. 2019. Assessing hearing by measuring heartbeat: The effect of sound level. PLoS ONE. 14(2): e0212940. doi: 1371/journal.pone.0212940.

  3. Weder, S., X. Zhou, M. Shoushtarian, H. Innes-Brown, and C. McKay. 2018. Cortical Processing Related to Intensity of a Modulated Noise Stimulus-a Functional Near-Infrared Study. Journal of the Association for Research in Otolaryngology : JARO. 19(3): 273-286. doi: 1007/s10162-018-0661-0Full Text