Dr Poshmaal Dhar



Dean's Postdoctoral Research Fellow


Faculty of Health


School of Medicine




+61 3 522 78251


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Pre-pregnancy obesity is associated with greater systemic inflammation and increased risk of antenatal depression

L Sominsky, M O'Hely, K Drummond, S Cao, F Collier, P Dhar, A Loughman, S Dawson, M Tang, T Mansell, R Saffery, D Burgner, A Ponsonby, P Vuillermin

(2023), Vol. 113, pp. 189-202, Brain, Behavior, and Immunity, C1

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A Review of Emerging Tear Proteomics Research on the Ocular Surface in Ocular Allergy

E Aydin, P Dhar, M Gokhale, L Chong, S Azizoglu, C Suphioglu

(2022), Vol. 11, pp. 1-15, Biology, Basel, Switzerland, C1

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Zebrafish Models of Paediatric Brain Tumours

F Basheer, P Dhar, R Samarasinghe

(2022), Vol. 23, International Journal of Molecular Sciences, Switzerland, C1

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Augmented reality in medical education: students' experiences and learning outcomes

P Dhar, T Rocks, R Samarasinghe, G Stephenson, C Smith

(2021), Vol. 26, Medical Education Online, United States, C1

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The maternal gut microbiome during pregnancy and offspring allergy and asthma

Y Gao, R Nanan, L Macia, J Tan, L Sominsky, T Quinn, M O'Hely, A Ponsonby, M Tang, F Collier, D Strickland, P Dhar, S Brix, S Phipps, P Sly, S Ranganathan, J Stokholm, K Kristiansen, L Gray, P Vuillermin

(2021), Vol. 148, pp. 669-678, Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, United States, C1

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Antibodies, nanobodies, or aptamers-which is best for deciphering the proteomes of non-model species?

P Dhar, R Samarasinghe, S Shigdar

(2020), Vol. 21, International Journal of Molecular Sciences, Switzerland, C1

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The role of the cell surface mucin MUC1 as a barrier to infection and regulator of inflammation

P Dhar, J McAuley

(2019), Vol. 9, Frontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbiology, Switzerland, C1

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Effect of MUC1 length polymorphisms on the NLRP3 inflammasome response of human macrophages

P Dhar, S Sarkar, G Ng, P Kalitsis, M Saeed, M McGuckin, J Ellis, P Sutton

(2019), Vol. 80, pp. 878-882, Human Immunology, United States, C1

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Phenotyping neurons activated in the mouse brain during restoration of salt debt

C Smith, J Cross, I Eraslan, A Attawar, S Ch'ng, P Dhar, R Samarasinghe, L Gray, A Lawrence

(2019), Vol. 101, Journal of Chemical Neuroanatomy, Netherlands, C1

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Mucin 1 protects against severe Streptococcus pneumoniae infection

P Dhar, G Ng, E Dunne, P Sutton

(2017), Vol. 8, pp. 1631-1642, Virulence, United States, C1

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Protease-activated Receptor 1 Plays a Proinflammatory Role in Colitis by Promoting Th17-related Immunity

M Saeed, G Ng, J Däbritz, J Wagner, L Judd, J Han, P Dhar, C Kirkwood, P Sutton

(2017), Vol. 23, pp. 593-602, Inflammatory Bowel Diseases, England, C1

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How host regulation of Helicobacter pylori-induced gastritis protects against peptic ulcer disease and gastric cancer

P Dhar, G Ng, P Sutton

(2016), Vol. 311, pp. G514-G520, American Journal of Physiology - Gastrointestinal and Liver Physiology, United States, C1

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The MUC1 mucin protects against Helicobacter pylori pathogenesis in mice by regulation of the NLRP3 inflammasome

G Ng, T Menheniott, A Every, A Stent, L Judd, Y Chionh, P Dhar, J Komen, A Giraud, T Wang, M McGuckin, P Sutton

(2016), Vol. 65, pp. 1087-1099, Gut, England, C1

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Funded Projects at Deakin

Australian Competitive Grants

The effect of a gut-focused dietary smartphone app for pregnant women on infant mental health-related outcomes: Beyond Bugs and Bumps RCT

Dr Samantha Dawson, Dr Laura Alston, Mrs Claire Young, Dr Poshmaal Dhar, Dr Amy Loughman, Dr Luba Sominsky, Dr Nikolaj Travica

MRFF (NHMRC) - MMM Mental Health Research Grant

  • 2023: $930,501


Principal Supervisor

Raj Sanjiv Khatri

Thesis entitled: Role of mucin 1 in Malaria-Associated Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome

Master of Philosophy (Medicine), School of Medicine

Associate Supervisor

Aseel Mahmood Ibrahim Al-Mashahedah

Thesis entitled: Nanoparticle Therapeutics to Target Corneal Scarring, Haze, and Bacterial Keratitis

Doctor of Philosophy (Medicine), School of Medicine


Rebecca Edgar

Thesis entitled: Starving the Malaria Parasite

Master of Philosophy (Medicine), School of Medicine