Professor John Morley

PositionJohn Morley

Anatomy & Cell Biology (School of Medicine)

Research Program: Biomedical Engineering and Neuromorphic Systems (BENS)


In 2006 John Morley was appointed as Professor and Chair of Anatomy and Cell Biology in the School of Medicine, Western Sydney University. He is also Conjoint Professor, School of Medical Sciences, University of New South Wales.

From 1985 – 1988 he held a Beit Memorial Research Fellowship in Medical Science, University Laboratory of Physiology, University of Oxford, England, and was Lecturer in Neuroscience, Pembroke College, University of Oxford.

In 1988 he was awarded a UNSW Research Fellowship and in 1989 a NH&MRC Australian Postdoctoral Fellowship, with work carried out on both Fellowships in the School of Physiology and Pharmacology, UNSW.

From 1989 – 1991 he was a Lecturer in Anatomy at the University of Sydney. In 1991 he moved back to UNSW as a Senior Lecturer then A/Professor.

His research is in the area of sensory neuroscience, in which he has investigated issues of neural coding in the somatosensory, visuomotor, and visual systems. He has substantial experience with in vivo electrophysiological recording, including multichannel data acquisition, and in vitro sharp electrode and patch clamp recording.

Most recently research in his laboratory has investigated the development of cortical and retinal visual neuroprostheses, functional plasticity in the cerebral cortex following disruption of sensory input, and the role of the protein dystrophin in CNS neurones (the protein that is absent in the condition Duchenne muscular dystrophy), neural coding in the somatosensory and visual areas of the cerebral cortex.

His research has attracted substantial funding support, and he is a chief investigator on an ARC/NHMRC Thinking Systems program grant, a chief investigator on the recently awarded $42 million grant from the Federal Government to Bionic Vision Australia to develop a retinal prosthesis, and chief investigator on an NH&MRC grant investigating neural coding in area MT of the primate.

Research Interests

  • Development of a retinal prosthesis
  • Representation of image motion in neurons of area MT in the primate
  • Role of dystrophin in the central nervous system
  • Representation of tactile stimuli in primary and secondary somatosensory cortex.

Qualifications and Honours

  • B.Sc., Psychology and Physiology, LaTrobe University, Victoria
  • M.Sc., Department of Physiology, University of Melbourne, Victoria
  • Ph.D., Department of Anatomy, University of Melbourne, Victoria

Contact John
Phone+61 2 4620 3748
LocationWestern Sydney University Campbelltown campus