Dr Mehrnaz Shoushtarian – Bionics Institute

Dr Mehrnaz Shoushtarian

Research Engineer/Product Development Analyst BEng, MBEng, PhD (2008)

Dr Mehrnaz Shoushtarian

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.

Research Projects

– Prognostic and diagnostic information for cochlear implant candidates from fNIRS

– Objective measurement of tinnitus using fNIRS


  1. Shoushtarian M, Weder S, Innes-Brown H, McKay CM. Assessing hearing by measuring heartbeat: The effect of sound level. PLoS One. 2019;14(2):e0212940.
  2. 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: [epub ahead of print]. doi: 10.1007/s10162-018-0661-0. Full Text
  3. Comparisons of electroencephalographically derived measures of hypnosis and antinociception in response to standardized pain stimuli during target controlled propofol-remifentanil anesthesia. M Shoushtarian, M Sahinovic, A Absalom, A Kalmar, H Vereecke, D Liley, M Struys. Anesthesia and Analgesia, 2016, 122(2)
  4. Evaluation of the Brain Anaesthesia Response Monitor during anesthesia for cardiac surgery: a double-blind, randomized controlled trial using two doses of fentanyl. M Shoushtarian, D McGlade, L Delacretaz, D Liley. Journal of Clinical Monitoring and Computing 2015, 30(6)
  5. Parkinson’s disease: disturbed vestibular function and levodopa. B Lithgow, M Shoushtarian. Journal of Neurological Sciences 2015, 353(1-2)
  6. Introduction of Practical Obstetric Multi-Professional Training (PROMPT) into Maternity Units in Victoria, Australia. M Shoushtarian, M Barnett, F McMahon, J Ferris. BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, 2014, 121 (13)
  7. Examination of central gait control mechanisms in Parkinson’s disease using movement-related potentials. Mehrnaz Shoushtarian, Anna Murphy, Robert Iansek. Movement Disorders, 2011, 26 (13)
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