Ananthan Ambikairajah

BSc (Neuroscience), MTeach (Secondary), PhDc
PhD Candidate


Ananthan Ambikairajah is a passionate neuroscientist, educator and science communicator. His research interests include genetic, environmental and lifestyle factors which influence brain health, with a particular focus on neurodegenerative diseases, such as dementia. Ananthan is currently completing his PhD, which aims to investigate how physiological changes during midlife impact the brain. Ananthan is determined to conduct research that can have a positive, widespread impact on society, in addition to communicating his scientific work to the public to spark interest, critical thought and encourage scientific discourse.


Research interests

  • Neuroscience
  • Neuroimaging
  • Education




Ambikairajah, A., Tabatabaei-Jafari, H., Walsh, E., Hornberger, M., & Cherbuin, N. (2020). Longitudinal changes in fat mass and the hippocampus. Obesity. doi:10.1002/oby.22819

Ambikairajah, A., Ambikairajah, R., & Ambikairajah, E. (2019). The impact of improving feelings of relatedness on motivation and engagement for tertiary students. International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology, 1-10. doi:10.1080/0020739X.2019.1703149

Ambikairajah, A., Walsh, E., & Cherbuin, N. (2019). Lipid profile differences during menopause: a review with meta-analysis. Menopause, 26(11), 1327-1333. doi:10.1097/GME.0000000000001403

Ambikairajah, A.,Walsh, E., Tabatabaei-Jafari, H., & Cherbuin, N. (2019). Fat mass changes during menopause: a meta-analysis.American Journal of Obstetrics &Gynecology. doi:

Ambikairajah A., & Tisdell, C. C. (2019). E-Examinations and the Student Experience Regarding Appropriateness of Assessment and Course Quality in Science and Medical Science. Journal of Educational Technology Systems. doi: 10.1177/0047239518822016.

Low, J. K., Ambikairajah, A.,Shang, K., Brown, D. A., Tsai, V. W., Breit, S. N., & Karl, T. (2017). First Behavioural Characterisation of a Knockout Mouse Model for the Transforming Growth Factor (TGF)-βSuperfamily Cytokine, MIC-1/GDF15.PLOS ONE,12(1), e0168416.

Ambikairajah A.,Devenney E., Flanagan E., Yew B., Mioshi E., Kiernan M.C., Hodges J.R., Hornberger M. (2014). A visual MRI atrophy rating scale for the amyotrophic lateral sclerosis-frontotemporal dementia continuum. Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis and Frontotemporal Degeneration, 15(3-4), 226-234. doi: 10.3109/21678421.2014.880180