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Overview
Key publications
Research funding
Supervising & teaching
Career

Key details

Areas of expertise

  • Neuroscience
  • Obesity research
  • Learning and teaching
  • Active learning

Available to supervise research students

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About Puspha Sinnayah

Dr Puspha Sinnayah is currently a senior lecturer, with the First Year College at Victoria University. She is also engaged presently in looking at neural pathways regulating appetite, in collaboration with Professor Andrew Lawrence's team at the Florey Institute.

She received her PhD in neuroscience from the Howard Florey Institute in 1999.

Her doctoral work, under the supervision of Prof Michael McKinley at the Howard Florey Institute, focused on investigating the role of the brain renin-angiotensin system (RAS) as a neurosignalling mechanism in fluid balance.

She then spent 10 years working in the United States (1999-2009), investigating the central neural mechanisms of homeostasis of appetite and cardiovascular control under the mentorship of Professor Robin Davisson and Professor Michael Cowley respectively.

On returning to Australia, she has focussed on an academic career, building an extensive teaching portfolio and has taught and coordinated a range of subjects in physiology and pathophysiology, at Monash College, La Trobe University and Victoria University.

She was the recipient of the Vice Chancellor's citation for excellence in teaching and learning at Victoria University in 2016. In 2018, she received the Vice Chancellors team award for programs that enhance learning. Dr Puspha Sinnayah received the Australian Awards for University Teaching (AAUT) citations for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning in 2018 for 'active learning strategies that improve student engagement in first year bioscience.'

Qualifications

  • PhD, Howard Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health, Australia, 1999
  • Bachelor of Science (Honours), Monash University, 1992
  • Graduate Certificate in Tertiary Education, Victoria university, Australia, 2014

Key publications

Year Citation
2018 Rekhari, S., & Sinnayah, P. (180701). H5P and Innovation in Anatomy and Physiology Teaching In Wache, D. ;. (Ed.), Paper presented at Research and development in higher education: [re] valuing higher education : volume 41 : refereed papers from the 41st HERDSA Annual International Conference. 2-5 July 2018, Convention Centre, Adelaide (pp. 191-205). Hammondville, NSW, Australia: Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia.
2017 Rekhari, S., & Sinnayah, P. (170509). H5P and the Brave New World of Learning Interactives: A Case Study in First Year Anatomy & Physiology units The Higher Education Technology Agenda.

Year Citation
2019 Sinnayah, P., Rathner, J. A., Loton, D., Klein, R., & Hartley, P. (190101). A combination of active learning strategies improves student academic outcomes in first-year paramedic bioscience. Advances in Physiology Education, 43(2), (233-240).

doi: 10.1152/ADVAN.00199.2018

2019 Klein, R., Sinnayah, P., Kelly, K., Winchester, M., Rajaraman, G., & Eizenberg, N. (190101). Utilising computer based learning to complement class teaching of gross anatomy. International Journal of Innovation in Science and Mathematics Education, 27(8), (10-25).
2018 Griggs, J. L., Mathai, M. L., & Sinnayah, P. (181201). Caralluma fimbriata extract activity involves the 5-HT2c receptor in PWS Snord116 deletion mouse model. Brain and Behavior, 8(12),

doi: 10.1002/brb3.1102

2017 Albiston, A. L., Cacador, M., Sinnayah, P., Burns, P., & Chai, S. Y. (170501). Insulin-regulated aminopeptidase inhibitors do not alter glucose handling in normal and diabetic rats. Journal of Molecular Endocrinology, 58(4), (193-198).

doi: 10.1530/JME-17-0033

2015 Griggs, J. L., Sinnayah, P., & Mathai, M. L. (150101). Prader-Willi syndrome: From genetics to behaviour, with special focus on appetite treatments. Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews, 59 (155-172).

doi: 10.1016/j.neubiorev.2015.10.003

2014 Billes, S. K., Sinnayah, P., & Cowley, M. A. (140101). Naltrexone/bupropion for obesity: An investigational combination pharmacotherapy for weight loss. Pharmacological Research, 84 (1-11).

doi: 10.1016/j.phrs.2014.04.004

2013 Kievit, P., Halem, H., Marks, D. L., Dong, J. Z., Glavas, M. M., Sinnayah, P., Pranger, L., Cowley, M. A., Grove, K. L., & Culler, M. D. (130201). Chronic treatment with a melanocortin-4 receptor agonist causes weight loss, reduces insulin resistance, and improves cardiovascular function in diet-induced obese rhesus macaques. Diabetes, 62(2), (490-497).

doi: 10.2337/db12-0598

2011 Enriori, P. J., Sinnayah, P., Simonds, S. E., Rudaz, C. G., & Cowley, M. A. (110824). Leptin action in the dorsomedial hypothalamus increases sympathetic tone to brown adipose tissue in spite of systemic leptin resistance. Journal of Neuroscience, 31(34), (12189-12197).

doi: 10.1523/JNEUROSCI.2336-11.2011

Research funding for the past 5 years

Please note:

  • Funding is ordered by the year the project commenced and may continue over several years.
  • Funding amounts for contact research are not disclosed to maintain commercial confidentiality.
  • The order of investigators is not indicative of the role they played in the research project.

Evaluation of the capacity of Caralluma fimbriata extract to enhance satiety in Prader-Willi Syndrome and reactivate serotonin 5-HT2c regulation of appetite in the PWS-IC mouse
From: Gencor Pacific
Investigators: Prof Michael Mathai
For period: 2017-2019
Not disclosed

Investigation of the use of Slimaluma in Prader-Willi Syndrome
From: Gencor Pacific
Investigators: Dr Joanne Griggs, Prof Michael Mathai
For period: 2015-2015
$40,000

Supervision of research students at VU

Available to supervise research students

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Currently supervised research students at VU

No. of students Study level Role
1 PhD Associate supervisor

Currently supervised research students at VU

Students & level Role
PhD (1) Associate supervisor

Completed supervision of research students at VU

No. of students Study level Role
1 PhD Associate supervisor

Completed supervision of research students at VU

Students & level Role
PhD (1) Associate supervisor

Teaching activities & experience

Dr Puspha Sinnayah is currently a senior lecturer with the First Year College at Victoria University. She teaches into first year anatomy and physiology units.

Key academic roles

Dates Role Department / Organisation
Jul 2015 - Oct 2019
Senior Lecturer
Victoria University
Oct 2012 - Jul 2015
Lecturer B
Victoria University
Aug 2010 - Oct 2010
Sessional Instructor
La Trobe University
Feb 2010 - Jul 2010
Adjunct Lecturer
Monash College
Jun 2004 - Jul 2009
Staff Scientist
OHSU, Oregon National Primate Research Centre
Aug 1999 - May 2004
Postdoctoral Research Fellow
University of Iowa
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Dates Role & Department/Organisation
Jul 2015 -
Oct 2019
Senior Lecturer
Victoria University
Oct 2012 -
Jul 2015
Lecturer B
Victoria University
Aug 2010 -
Oct 2010
Sessional Instructor
La Trobe University
Feb 2010 -
Jul 2010
Adjunct Lecturer
Monash College
Jun 2004 -
Jul 2009
Staff Scientist
OHSU, Oregon National Primate Research Centre
Aug 1999 -
May 2004
Postdoctoral Research Fellow
University of Iowa
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Awards

Year Award
2018

Vice-Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Learning and Teaching - Victoria University

2018

Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning - Australian Award for University Teaching Program

2017

College of Health and Biomedicine Team Award for Programs that Enhance Learning - Victoria University

2016

Vice-Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Learning and Teaching - Victoria University

2014

College of Health and Biomedicine Teaching Excellence Award - Victoria University

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Professional memberships

  • Professional member, Australian Physiological Society
  • Professional member, Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia
  • Professional member, The Physiological Society