Doctor Poonam Mudgil

Doctor Poonam Mudgil

RESEARCH OFFICER,
School of Medicine

Biography

Dr Poonam Mudgil has a PhD in Molecular Microbiology. She obtained further research experience at the Institute of Genomics and Integrative Biology (Delhi, India), University of New South Wales (Sydney, Australia) and Western Sydney University. She worked as a Research Fellow in the Australian Research Council (ARC)-Linkage scheme collaborating with industry internationally. She had Lecturer positions at the University of Delhi (India) and Western Sydney University. Currently, she conducts biomedical research, teaches medicine students in the MD program and supervises higher degree research projects at the School of Medicine.

In 2021, she attained the status of Fellow of Higher Education Academy with Advance Higher Education (UK).

In 2022, she attained the status of Gold Fellow of Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (USA).

This information has been contributed by Doctor Mudgil.

Qualifications

  • PhD Haryana Agricultural University

Professional Memberships

  • Tear Film & Ocular Surface Society (2017 - 2026)
  • Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology, USA (2007 - 2022)
  • Australian Society for Microbiology (2016 - 2022)

Awards

  • UWS Research Seed Grant Award 2004-01-20
  • UWS International Research Initiative Scheme Grant 2006-11-24
  • Asia-ARVO Travel Award 2008-10-25
  • Research Fellow Award, Australian Research Council-Linkage 2007-06-06
  • Postdoctoral Researcher Award 2003-04-07
  • Fellow of Higher Education Academy Award 2021-06-01
  • ARVO Gold Fellow Award 2021-12-10

Organisational Unit (School / Division)

  • School of Medicine

Committees

  • Mentor, Global Mentorship Program, ARVO, USA
  • Mentor, Women's Leadership Development Program, ARVO, USA
  • Diversity Initiative Committee, ARVO, USA
  • STEM Professionals in Schools, CSIRO, Australia
  • Global Members Committee, ARVO, USA
  • Women in Eye and Vision Research (WEAVR), USA
  • Member Communications Working Group, ARVO Strategic Plan (Science Pillar), USA
  • Commercial Relationships Committee, ARVO, USA
  • Ethics and Regulations in Human Research Committee, ARVO, USA
  • Mentor, Developing Country Eye Researcher Travel Fellows Program, ARVO Foundation for Eye Research, USA

Contact

Email: P.Mudgil@westernsydney.edu.au
Phone: (02) 4620 3945
Mobile:
Location: 30.2.33
Campbelltown

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Teaching

Current Teaching Areas

  • MEDI3003 Integrated Clinical Rotations 1
  • MEDI3006 Applied Clinical Sciences 1

Previous Teaching Areas

  • 300321 Microbiology 2, 2006
  • 300412 Science, Technology and Environment Honours Project, 2006
  • 300412 Science, Technology and Environment Honours Project, 2007
  • 300412 Science, Technology and Environment Honours Project, 2008
  • 300412 Science, Technology and Environment Honours Project, 2013
  • 300542 Biomolecular Science Project, 2012
  • 300542 Biomolecular Science Project, 2013
  • 300892 Medical Science Project, 2015
  • 300924 Science Research Project, 2017
  • 300924 Science Research Project, 2020
  • 400810 Integrated Clinical Rotations 1, 2018
  • 400810 Integrated Clinical Rotations 1, 2019
  • 400810 Integrated Clinical Rotations 1, 2021
  • 400811 Integrated Clinical Rotations 2, 2012
  • 400811 Integrated Clinical Rotations 2, 2013
  • 400811 Integrated Clinical Rotations 2, 2014
  • 400811 Integrated Clinical Rotations 2, 2015
  • 400811 Integrated Clinical Rotations 2, 2016
  • 400811 Integrated Clinical Rotations 2, 2017
  • 400813 Medical Research Project, 2014
  • 400861 Foundations of Medicine 1, 2016
  • 400861 Foundations of Medicine 1, 2017
  • 400861 Foundations of Medicine 1, 2018
  • 400861 Foundations of Medicine 1, 2019
  • 400862 Foundations of Medicine 2, 2016
  • 400862 Foundations of Medicine 2, 2017
  • 400862 Foundations of Medicine 2, 2018
  • 400959 Honours Research Project 1, 2014
  • 400960 Honours Research Project 2, 2015
  • 401276 Clinical Sciences 1, 2019
  • 401276 Clinical Sciences 1, 2020
  • 401276 Clinical Sciences 1, 2021
  • 401278 Applied Clinical Sciences 1, 2021

Publications

Chapters in Books

  • Mudgil, P. (2011), 'Biosurfactants for soil biology', Bioaugmentation, Biostimulation and Biocontrol, Springer 9783642197680.
  • Millar, T., Mudgil, P. and Khanal, S. (2010), 'Meibomian Glands and Lipid Layer', Encyclopedia of the Eye, Academic Press 9780123741981.

Journal Articles

  • Weragama, K., Mudgil, P. and Whitehall, J. (2021), 'Paediatric antimicrobial stewardship for respiratory infections in the emergency setting : a systematic review', Antibiotics, vol 10, no 11 .
  • Mudgil, P. (2020), 'Evaluation of use of essential fatty acids in topical ophthalmic preparations for dry eye', The Ocular Surface, vol 18, no 1 , pp 74 - 79.
  • Nikolic, P., Mudgil, P. and Whitehall, J. (2020), 'The in vitro antibacterial effect of permethrin and formaldehyde on Staphylococcus aureus', MicrobiologyOpen, vol 9, no 8 .
  • Mudgil, P., Ramasubramanian, A. and Borchman, D. (2020), 'Meibum lipid hydrocarbon chain branching and rheology after hematopoietic stem cell transplantation', Biochemistry and Biophysics Reports, vol 23 .
  • Mudgil, P., Hing, S. and Whitehall, J. (2020), 'Biophysical characteristics of tears in children', Investigative Ophthalmology and Visual Science, vol 61, no 7 .
  • Shakur, S., Whitehall, J. and Mudgil, P. (2019), 'Pediatric bloodstream infections in metropolitan Australia', World Journal of Pediatrics, vol 15, no 2 , pp 161 - 167.
  • Nikolic, P., Mudgil, P. and Whitehall, J. (2019), 'Formaldehyde as an alternative to antibiotics for treatment of refractory impetigo and other infectious skin diseases', Expert Review of Anti-infective Therapy, vol 17, no 9 , pp 681 - 687.
  • Mudgil, P., Borchman, D. and Ramasubramanian, A. (2018), 'Insights into tear film stability from babies and young adults : a study of human meibum lipid conformation and rheology', International Journal of Molecular Sciences, vol 19, no 11 .
  • Sharma, K., Mudgil, P., Whitehall, J. and Gosbell, I. (2017), 'Aggregatibacter actinomycetemcomitans osteomyelitis in a 12 year old boy : case report emphasizing the importance of tissue culture, and review of literature', Annals of Clinical Microbiology and Antimicrobials, vol 16, no 1 .
  • Leow, T., Ung, A., Qian, S., Nguyen, J., An, Y., Mudgil, P. and Whitehall, J. (2017), 'Exploring infant feeding practices : cross-sectional surveys of South Western Sydney, Singapore, and Ho Chi Minh City', BMC Pediatrics, vol 17, no 1 .
  • Brieger, D., Edwards, M., Mudgil, P. and Whitehall, J. (2017), 'Knowledge, attitudes and opinions towards measles and the MMR vaccine across two NSW cohorts', Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health, vol 41, no 6 , pp 641 - 646.
  • Mudgil, P., Borchman, D., Gerlach, D. and Yappert, M. (2016), 'Sebum/meibum surface film interactions and phase transitional differences', Investigative Ophthalmology and Visual Science, vol 57, no 6 , pp 2401 - 2411.
  • Edwards, M., Mendoza, G., Tovmassian, D., Ling, T., Teh, J., Zhen Ong, O., Mudgil, P. and Whitehall, J. (2015), 'Kawasaki disease in Campbelltown, a suburban hospital', Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health, vol 51, no 4 , pp 466 - 467.
  • Mudgil, P. (2014), 'Antimicrobial role of human meibomian lipids at the ocular surface', Investigative Ophthalmology and Vision Science, vol 55, no 11 , pp 7272 - 7277.
  • Mudgil, P., Borchman, D., Yappert, M., Duran, D., Cox, G., Smith, R., Bhola, R., Dennis, G. and Whitehall, J. (2013), 'Lipid order, saturation and surface property relationships : a study of human meibum saturation', Experimental Eye Research, vol 116 , pp 79 - 85.
  • Mudgil, P. and Millar, T. (2011), 'Surfactant properties of human meibomian lipids.', Investigative Ophthalmology and Visual Science, vol 52, no 3 , pp 1661 - 1670.
  • Herok, G., Mudgil, P. and Millar, T. (2009), 'The effect of Meibomian lipids and tear proteins on evaporation rate under controlled in vitro conditions', Current Eye Research, vol 34, no 7 , pp 589 - 597.
  • Millar, T., Mudgil, P., Butovich, I. and Palaniappan, C. (2009), 'Adsorption of human tear lipocalin to human meibomian lipid films', Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science, vol 50, no 1 , pp 140 - 151.
  • Mudgil, P. and Millar, T. (2008), 'Adsorption of apo- and holo-tear lipocalin to a bovine Meibomian lipid film', Experimental Eye Research, vol 86, no 4 , pp 622 - 628.
  • Millar, T., Tragoulias, S., Anderton, P., Dennis, G., Mudgil, P., Ball, M. and Miano, F. (2006), 'The Surface Activity of Purified Ocular Mucin at the Air-Liquid Interface and Interactions With Meibomian Lipids', Cornea, vol 25, no 1 , pp 91 - 100.
  • Mudgil, P., Torres, M. and Millar, T. (2006), 'Adsorption of lysozyme to phospholipid and meibomian lipid monolayer films', Colloids and Surfaces B: Biointerfaces, vol 48, no 2 , pp 128 - 137.
  • Mudgil, P., Dennis, G. and Millar, T. (2006), 'Interactions of Poly(tert-butyl acrylate)-Poly(styrene) di-block copolymers with lipids at the air-water interface. Langmuir.', Langmuir, vol 22 , pp 7672 - 7677.
  • Millar, T. and Mudgil, P. (2006), 'Penetration of human tear lipocalin into a Meibomian lipid layer', Investigative Ophthalmology and Visual Science, vol 47, no 5 , pp 5599 - 5599.
  • Mudgil, P., Dennis, G. and Millar, T. (2005), 'The Surface pressure dynamics and appearance of mixed monolayers of cholesterol and different sized polystyrenes at an air-water interface.', Langmuir, vol 21, no 4 , pp 1338 - 1345.

Conference Papers

  • Mudgil, P. (2021), 'Biophysical interactions of essential fatty acids with human tears', Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology. Annual Meeting , online.
  • Mudgil, P. (2019), 'Biophysical interaction of oleic acid with tear lipids at an air-tear interface', Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology. Annual Meeting, Vancouver, B.C..
  • Mudgil, P. (2018), 'Biophysical interactions of gamma-linolenic acid with tear lipids at an air-tear interface', Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology. Annual Meeting, Honolulu, Hawaii.
  • Mudgil, P. (2017), 'Interactions of essential fatty acids with the non-polar and polar lipids of the tear film', Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology. Annual Meeting, Baltimore, Md..
  • Mudgil, P. (2016), 'Biophysical interactions of essential fatty acids with human meibomian lipids at an air-tear interface', Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology. Annual Meeting, Seattle, Wash..

Research interests:

The tear film in relation to the causes of and treatments for the ocular surface diseases - dry-eye and microbial infections

Infectious diseaeses, antimicrobial resistance, and novel antimicrobials

Paediatrics research

This information has been contributed by Doctor Mudgil.

Previous Projects

Title: Stabalisation of the lipid layer of the tear film by lipid like polymers for treating dry eye syndrome
Funder:
  • University of Western Sydney
Western Researchers: Poonam Mudgil
Years: 2004-01-20 - 2004-09-16
ID: P0010264
Title: Analysis of the tear film of the eye - what makes it work
Funder:
  • University of Western Sydney
  • University of Texas at Austin
Western Researchers: Thomas Millar and Poonam Mudgil
Years: 2006-11-24 - 2007-11-23
ID: P0015332

Supervision

Doctor Mudgil is available to be a principal supervisor for doctoral projects

Current Supervision

Thesis Title: Investigating the Utility and MoA of novel antimicrobial compounds
Field of Research:
Thesis Title: Understanding Innate Host Defence Mechanism of Tears in Children
Field of Research:
Thesis Title: Lipids as antimicrobial agents
Field of Research:

Previous Supervision

Thesis Title: Understanding the physical properties of meibomian lipid films
Field of Research: Biological Sciences
Thesis Title: The Effect of Permethrin Cream on Staphylococcal Infections and Studies on Methicillin Sensitive and Resistant Strains of Staphylococcus Aureus
Field of Research: Other Health

Media

Title: International Collaboration
Description: Spotlight on research: International collaborations support our understanding of the eye
Title: News
Description: Meibomian lipids possess antimicrobial properties, study finds
Title: The News Feed
Description: Fatty Acids Can Enhance Eye Drops

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