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Subramanyam Vemulpad is a medical microbiologist, working as an academic at Macquarie University since 2000. He is the Chair of University Biosafety Committee and Deputy Associate Dean (HDR) for the Faculty of Science and Engineering. His areas of interest include antimicrobial and other bioactive compounds from traditional medicinal plants, preservation of customary knowledge, nonpharmacological interventions for improving lung function and working with disadvantaged groups to improve their educational outcomes and to strengthen their capacity. He has earlier worked in India and Malawi and has wide experience in tropical and infectious diseases including filariasis and tuberculosis. Subra has received research funding from NHM&RC, DIISRTE and AIATSIS. He is a recipient of an Australian Learning and Teaching Council award. His team (Indigenous Bioresources Research Group) works closely with Indigenous Elders for research on medicinal plants. He is a co-director of the National Indigenous Science Education Program (NISEP). This initiative was a finalist in the Australian Museum Eureka prize for Promoting Understanding of Science (2007, 2008 and 2009) and the Australian Financial Review Higher Education award (2016 and 2017).

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Projects 2006 2020

Research Outputs 1981 2017

The effect of combining manual therapy with exercise for mild chronic obstructive pulmonary disease: Study protocol for a randomised controlled trial

Engel, RM., Wearing, J., Gonski, P. & Vemulpad, S., 17 Jun 2017, In : Trials. 18, p. 1-7 7 p., 282.

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Open Access
Musculoskeletal Manipulations
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
Randomized Controlled Trials

The River of learning: building relationships in a university, school and community Indigenous widening participation collaboration

Whiteford, G., Hunter, J., Jamie, J., Pitson, R., Breckenridge, D., Elders, Y., Vemulpad, S., Harrington, D. & Jamie, I., 10 Nov 2017, In : Higher Education Research and Development. 36, 7, p. 1490-1502 13 p.

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Antimicrobial and antioxidant activity and chemical characterisation of Erythrina stricta Roxb. (Fabaceae)

Akter, K., Barnes, E. C., Loa-Kum-Cheung, W. L., Yin, P., Kichu, M., Brophy, J. J., Barrow, R. A., Imchen, I., Vemulpad, S. R. & Jamie, J. F., 5 Jun 2016, In : Journal of Ethnopharmacology. 185, p. 171-181 11 p.

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Methylene Chloride
Contact Dermatitis

Bioactivity and chemical characterisation of Lophostemon suaveolens - an endemic Australian Aboriginal traditional medicinal plant

Naz, T., Packer, J., Yin, P., Brophy, J. J., Wohlmuth, H., Renshaw, D. E., Smith, J., Elders, Y. C., Vemulpad, S. R. & Jamie, J. F., 18 Mar 2016, In : Natural Product Research. 30, 6, p. 693-696 4 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Methylene Chloride
methylene chloride
Medicinal Plants
medicinal plants
Musculoskeletal Manipulations
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
Soft Tissue Therapy
Randomized Controlled Trials