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Professor Nalini Pather

Faculty of Medicine
School of Medical Sciences

Nalini leads a research group (Applied Anatomy and Imaging Technologies Research) investigating anatomical applications and imaging technology in clinical practice and education. We investigate multiple imaging techniques (medical imaging, 3D visualisation, 3D modelling and mixed reality, AR and VR) and their use in clinical practice, anthropology and education. Our special interests are in age-related applications (from paediatrics to aged-care), women’s health, mental health and wellness, and integration in workplace.  

Nalini completed her PhD (2009) in South Africa and has expertise in cutting-edge research techniques (ranging from applications in cell biology to advanced micro-dissection skills, 3D modelling and printing, mixed reality). These skills enable her to interrogate advances in medical technologies to enable translation to workplace, and public advocacy.  Her research successes include collaboration with clinicians, biomedical engineers, legal experts and specialists in the humanities. Nalini is currently supervising five HDR students.

Nalini has more than 20 years’ experience in design and implementation of educational innovation in medicine and health science programs in a number of countries, including South Africa, North America and the UK. Nalini currently teaches into the UNSW Medicine programme as well as to Exercise Physiology, Biomedical Engineering and Medical Science students. She has won several awards (Faculty, Vice-Chancellor, Australian OLT citation awards) for her contributions to higher education. 


Professor Nalini Pather

Head: Department of Anatomy

Group Leader: Applied Anatomy and Imaging Technologies Research

Qualifications: BMedSci (Hons), MMedSci ClinAnat (cum laude), PhD, GCULT

UNSW Scientia Education Fellow

Nalini regularly serves the wider community in the following current roles:


 - International Federation of Associations of Anatomists (IFAA):

    - Co-Editor, PLEXUS (Newsletter of the IFAA): 2007- current

    -  Scientific Chair, IFAA 2009 Congress, Cape Town, South Africa: 2009

 - Anatomical Sciences Education

    - Editorial Board: 2014-current

 - British Medical Journal Medical Education

   - Associate Editor: 2019


 - Australian and New Zealand Association of Clinical Anatomists (ANZACA)

   - ANZACA Council Member: 2014- current

   - Co-Chair of ANZACA 2012 Organising Committee: 2012



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Field Of Research (FOR): 
Education Assessment and Evaluation
Education not elsewhere classified
Radiology and Organ Imaging
Paediatrics and Reproductive Medicine
Virtual Reality and Related Simulation
Cardiology (incl. Cardiovascular Diseases)
Higher Education
University role: 
ILP Research Interests (Will supervise ILP students): 
Life Sciences
Techniques And Equipment
Research And Development