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Dr. Demi Gao

Dr. Demi Gao

Dr. Gao is a highly accomplished Senior Research Scientist at The Bionics Institute of Australia, where she holds an Honorary Research Fellow position at Medical Bionics Department, the University of Melbourne. Dr. Gao has extensive expertise in using computational methods and machine learning techniques to understand hearing performance with cochlear implants and brain functional connectivity. Gao possesses a broad multidisciplinary skill set with a diverse research background encompassing information technology, neural engineering, and bio-signal processing. Over the past years, Gao also developed strong industrial collaborations with Cochlear Ltd, where she leads projects on maximising the performance cochlear implants. Gao has also made influential contributions in the fields of hearing loss, highlighted by a recent invited review to the International Journal of Speech-Language Pathology with Prof Graeme Clark, who is a pioneer of cochlear implants for restoring functional hearing to people with severe-to-profound deafness. Prior to the Passe and Williams Foundation Mid-Career Fellowship, Gao was awarded a McKenzie Early-Career Fellowship from the University of Melbourne (2019 – 2022) and a MTPConnect Researcher Exchange and Development within Industry (REDI) Fellowship (2022 – 2023).

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Other GPRWMF awards received by awardee Year
Mid-Career FellowshipEnabling improved cochlear implant programming for infants: an objective method based on fNIRS2024