Associate Professor Nurgali developed her research expertise and her own scientific niche in the field of Enteric Neuroscience. Within a short period of time, Dr Nurgali established an international reputation as an electrophysiologist studying functioning of the enteric neurons in pathological conditions.
She is currently working on important problems in biomedical research, namely enteric neuropathy associated with Inflammatory Bowel Disease and gastrointestinal side-effects of anti-cancer chemotherapy. There is no effective treatment developed for both problems, and her research significantly contributes to understanding the underlying mechanisms of these problems and proposing novel therapies.
Associate Professor Nurgali's research is internationally recognised and valued, as evidenced by invitations to speak at several International and National conferences. Her research program has been funded by 3 NHMRC grants, the prestigious NHMRC Peter Doherty Fellowship in 2006 and several other competitive grants from external funding bodies.
She is the Head of the Enteric Neuropathy Lab located at the state-of-the-art Centre for Health, Research and Education at the Sunshine Hospital.