Dr Megan Sutherland

Senior research officer


PhD, Monash University, 2012; Bachelor of Biomedical Science (Honours), Monash University, 2007


Darwin - Royal Darwin Hospital


Megan is a member of the Life Course team, in Menzies' Child Health division. Previously, she was a recipient of the NHMRC CJ Martin Fellowship, and has worked as a postdoctoral researcher at the CHU Sainte-Justine Research Center (University of Montreal, Canada), the University of Cambridge (UK), and Monash University (Melbourne, Australia). She has expertise in both basic science and clinical research.

Megan’s research is focussed on studying the impact of premature birth on the structural and functional development of the kidneys. Most recently, she has worked on the Preterm Kidney Study (a collaboration between Monash University and Menzies), in assessing kidney function in Aboriginal infants born preterm, with the aim of increasing our understanding of why Aboriginal Australians are at such high risk of developing kidney disease. Through her work on this project, Megan was named the inaugural winner of the Capstone Editing Early Career Academic Research Grant for Women in 2017.

Research Themes
  1. Sutherland MR, Chatfield MD, Davison B, Vojisavljevic D, Kent AL, Hoy WE, Singh GR, and Black MJ (2019) Renal dysfunction is already evident within the first month of life in Australian Indigenous infants born preterm. Kidney International [In Press]
  2. Ryan D, Sutherland MR, Flores TJ, Kent AL, Dahlstrom JE, Puelles VG, Bertram JF, McMahon AP, Little MH, Moore L, and Black MJ (2018) Development of the human fetal kidney from mid to late gestation in male and female infants. EBiomedicine 27:275-283
  3. Sutherland MR, Ryan D, Dahl MJ, Albertine KH, and Black MJ (2016) Effects of preterm birth and ventilation on glomerular capillary growth in the neonatal lamb kidney. Journal of Hypertension 34(10):1988-1997
  4. Gubhaju L, Sutherland MR, Horne RS, Medhurst A, Kent AL, Ramsden A, Moore L, Singh G, Hoy WE, Black MJ (2014) Assessment of renal functional maturation and injury in preterm neonates during the first month of life. American Journal of Physiology Renal Physiology 307(2):F149-158
  5. Sutherland MR, Bertagnolli M, Lukaszewski MA, Huyard F, Yzydorczyk C, Luu TM, and Nuyt AM (2014) Preterm birth and hypertension risk: The oxidative stress paradigm. Hypertension 63(1):12- 18
  6. Sutherland MR, Gubhaju L, Moore L, Kent AL, Dahlstrom JE, Horne RS, Hoy WE, Bertram JF, and Black MJ (2011) Accelerated maturation and abnormal morphology in the preterm neonatal kidney. Journal of the American Society of Nephrology 22(7):1365-74

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