Curriculum Vitae
Sharna Jamadar, PhD


I am a cognitive neuroscientist interested in how our life experiences shape our brains. I am interested in how these life experiences may convey risk or protection against the ageing process; and also how becoming a parent shapes our brains in the short and long term. I am highly interdisciplinary in my approach, and use multiple neuroimaging methods (fMRI, PET, EEG, optical imaging) together with cognitive, behavioural, and psychosocial measures, to understand brain-behaviour relationships.

I currently lead the Cognitive Neuroimaging program at the Turner Institute for Brain and Mental Health at Monash University, and work closely with my colleagues from engineering, physics, radiography, epidemiology, philosophy and social science to understand the multiple facets of the human brain and its interaction with the world. I am a recognised advocate for diversity and accessibility in STEM, and an advocate for early career researchers in neuroscience. 


2022-           Associate Professor (Research)  |  NHMRC Emerging Leader Fellow

Turner Institute for Brain and Mental Health

Monash Biomedical Imaging

Monash University, Australia

2021-            Head, Clinical Support Team
                    Monash Biomedical Imaging
                    Monash University, Australia


2020            Graduate Certificate Business Administration, Victoria University, Australia

2005-2010        PhD, University of Newcastle, Australia

2001-2004  Bachelor of Psychology (Hons I), University of Newcastle, Australia


From 31 total awards & Honours since 2004.

GRANTS [Total Career Funding as CI: $9,001,703; as CI & AI*: $11,648,878]

Selected highlights include

2023 Cain, McGlashan, Sundram, Jamadar (CI-D), et al. Modulation of sensitivity to light as a mechanism for antidepressant treatment efficacy. Wellcome Trust.

2022    Garrido, Grayden, Johnston, Bellgrove, Mattingley, Sah, Sowman, Lin, Jamadar (CI-I), Varlet, Grootswagers, Johnstone, Breakspear. Whole-head optically-pumped room-temperature magnetoencephalography. ARC Linkage, Infrastructure, Equipment Funding

2022 Anderson, Maruff, Dresler, Riedner, Jamadar (AI*), Lim (AI),  McDonald (AI), Naismith (AI). Sleep disruption and Alzheimer’s disease pathology – investigating mechanisms via acoustic stimulation of slow-wave sleep. NHMRC Ideas Grant,

2020 Jamadar Neural metabolic connectivity in ageing and neurodegeneration. NHMRC Emerging Leader Fellowship

2020 Karayanidis (CI-A), Fabiani, Gratton, Jamadar (CI-B), Levi, Steyvers. Linking arterial, brain and cognitive integrity in healthy older adults. Australian Research Council Discovery Project 

2020 Cain, Phillips, Drummond, Jamadar (AI*), Sundram (AI). Circadian mechanisms for antidepressant medication treatment. NHMRC Ideas Grant

2018 Egan (CI-A), Jamadar (CI-B), Chen, Premaratne, Fornito, Schmitt (Partner- Siemens), Gaass (Partner – Siemens), Shah (Partner – Forschungszentrum Julich GmbH). Simultaneous to synergistic MR-PET: integrative brain imaging technologies. Australian Research Council Linkage Grant

2017 Karayanidis (CI-A), Forstmann, Steyvers, Jamadar (CI-B), Hawkins, Lenroot, Michie. Modelling trajectories of cognitive control in adolescents and young adults. Australian Research Council Discovery Project

2015 Jamadar (CI-A) Cognitive Compensation in Ageing. Australian Research Council Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (DECRA)


Service highlights include: establishing the Australasian Cognitive Neuroscience Society (ACNS) ECR Committee in 2015; establishing the ACNS Equity & Diversity Committee in 2019; co-founding the Australasian Women in Neuroscience network in 2016 with Prof Lindy Fitzgerald; and an invitation to service on the Australian Academy of Science Equity and Diversity Reference Group in 2019.

2024 Organization for Human Brain Mapping Diversity & Equity Committee, Chair

2023            Bionics Institute Girls In STEM Mentor

2021            Australian Institute for Nuclear Science & Engineering Mentor

2021-present ISCBFM International PET Connectivity Working Group

2020-2024    Australasian Cognitive Neuroscience Society, Secretary [Elected position]

2020-2022   ARC Centre of Excellence for Integrative Brain Function Gender Equity and Diversity Committee, Chair

2019-2022   Australian Academy of Science Equity and Diversity Reference Group, Member

2018-2022 Society for Psychophysiological Research Young Investigator Award Committee

2019-2019   Australasian Cognitive Neuroscience Society, Chair, Equity & Diversity Committee

2018            Emerging Researchers in Ageing Conference, Chair, Local Organising Committee,

2018            Australasian Cognitive Neuroscience Society, General Member [Elected position]

2017-2019   Australasian Neuroscience Society Gender Equity and Diversity Committee Member

2017-2019   ARC Centre of Excellence for Integrative Brain Function Gender Equity and Diversity Committee, Member

2017-present Australasian Women in Neuroscience, Co-founder

2015-2016   Australian Cognitive Neuroscience Society Early Career Researcher Committee

2015-2016   ARC Centre of Excellence for Integrative Brain Function Early Career Researcher Committee

2015            Australian Cognitive Neuroscience Society Meeting ECR workshop coordinator

2012-2016   Abstract Reviewer, Organisation for Human Brain Mapping.  



See People page for current students.



I have been featured in over 100 media pieces since 2016, including features on Radio National (Drive program), New Scientist, Channel 9,10, SBS nightly news, Fairfax media (e.g., The Age, Sydney Morning Herald), and News Ltd media (e.g. Herald Sun).

I have also completed training in media communication in the Superstars of STEM program, and 1-on-1 training with a journalist from SBS World News.

Selected Links:

New Scientist, ‘Some women feel fetal kicks years after they’ve given birth’,

Herald Sun/NewsLtd media; AM News Radio, ‘Mums’ better brain’

Herald Sun, ‘Secrets of the agers’

Adelaide Advertiser, ‘Unlocking age old secrets of the brain’

Herald Sun/Courier Mail/Gold Coast Bulletin/Adelaide Now/Daily Telegraph newspapers ‘Australia’s ‘super agers’ have brain scans to unlock health secrets’

Radio National ‘The Drawing Room’

The Age and Sydney Morning Herald newspapers


See the Papers page.


I don't always keep track of all presentations but an incomplete list is found here