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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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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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  • 4 Citations (Scopus)
    59 Downloads (Pure)

    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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  • 2 Citations (Scopus)

    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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  • 18 Citations (Scopus)

    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.

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  • 5 Citations (Scopus)
  • 17 Citations (Scopus)