About Dr Cindy Thamrin

Dr. Cindy Thamrin is currently interested in the physiological mechanisms behind the patterns we see in fluctuations in breathing and lung function over time, and their possible clinical utility in respiratory diseases and sleep disorders. She also has an interest in novel and state-of-the-art lung function testing methods, where conventional methods such as spirometry are difficult or impossible to apply.

Dr. Thamrin has a dual background in respiratory physiology and electronic engineering. She graduated from the University of Western Australia with a BSc/BE, and then later completed her PhD on the extension of the forced oscillation technique (FOT) to higher frequencies to study lung mechanics, at the then Telethon Institute for Child Health Research. She then worked as a postdoctoral fellow at the Children’s University of Bern of Bern, Switzerland. At present she is a Research Leader at the Woolcock Institute of Medical Research, where she leads the Airway Physiology Group together with A/Prof Greg King. Her research interests are in the development and application of lung function tests and novel analyses of respiratory data in diseases such as asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

Her work has been recognised by multiple awards including the John Read Prize for Physiology Research by the Thoracic Society of Australia and NZ (TSANZ), and the prestigious Ann Woolcock Award from the American Thoracic Society (ATS) for outstanding contributions and future promise in asthma research.

Dr. Thamrin has over 500 citations from more than 40 peer-reviewed publications, with more than a quarter in the top ranked 3 journals in the respiratory/asthma fields.

She currently co-supervises 3 Masters/PhD students from medical as well as engineering backgrounds.

Selected publications

For a full list of Dr Thamrin's publications please see her Sydney Medical School academic profile: here