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Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery Group

We are interested in understanding chronic rhinosinusitis—a condition causing the cavities around nasal passages to become inflamed and swollen—and identifying new diagnostic and prognostic markers and treatment strategies that benefit patients.

Using a multidisciplinary approach, the Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery Group is bringing research from bench to bedside by investigating all aspects of rhinological research, from the mechanism and progression of chronic rhinosinusitis (CRS) to the identification and validation of new treatment strategies in vitro and in vivo. 

Our research covers a number of areas, including: 

  • pathogenesis of CRS and, specifically, the role that bacteria and the microbiome play in both the development of CRS and the recalcitrant course of some patients after surgery
  • new strategies to improve wound healing post-surgery, such as gels and new topical treatments for CRS
  • an animal model for eosinophilic sinusitis to study various aspects of the disorder
  • different hemostats in skull base surgery
  • an animal model of major vascular injury to trial new treatments and to train surgeons.

Lead researcher: Professor Peter-John Wormald

Research team

  • Associate Professor Sarah Vreugde - Chief Medical Scientist
  • Dr Joshua Jervis-Bardy - Otorhinolaryngology Registrar
  • Associate Professor Alkis J Psaltis - Consultant
  • Dr Kian Ha - Consultant
  • Dr Steve Floreani - Consultant
  • Dr John Ling - Consultant
  • Dr Hashita Pant - Consultant
  • Dr Guy Rees - Consultant
  • Dr Suresh Rajapaksa - Consultant
  • Dr Luis Macias - Otorhinolaryngology Fellow
  • Dr Clare Cooksley
  • Dr Mahnaz Ramezanpour
Research support
  • Sophia Moraitis 
  • Dr Jae Murphy - PhD candidate
  • Dr Chun Chan - PhD candidate
  • Dr Lisa Marie Cherian - PhD candidate
  • Dr Alistair Jukes - PhD candidate
  • Ho Yin Lau - PhD candidate
  • Dijana Miljkovic - PhD candidate
  • Dr Mian Li Ooi - PhD candidate
  • Dr Judy Ou - PhD candidate
  • Dr Sathish Paramasivan - PhD candidate
  • Katharina Richter - PhD candidate
  • Dr Jake Jervis-Bardy - MSc candidate
  • Dr Stephanie Anne Fong - MSc candidate
  • Dr Sakiko Oue - MSc candidate
  • Arvind Jothin - Honours candidate
International visiting researchers
  • Dr Jian Li
  • Dr Masanobu Suzuki
  • Zhang Guimin
  • Zhao Yin


  • Basel Hetzel Institute collaborators and external researchers: Ehud Hauben, Susan Lester and Maureen Rischmueller, Clive Prestige, Nicky Thomas, Stephen Kidd, Benjamin Thierry
  • International collaborators in the Netherlands, United States of America, India, Brazil, Chile, Canada, Thailand, Belgium and New Zealand

Interested in undertaking a postgraduate research degree with us?

We offer exciting opportunities for researchers at the honours, masters and PhD levels. Our research degrees are open to students from a broad range of backgrounds, and range from basic sciences to clinical research. If you are interested in human health, consider furthering your research career with us.