Assoc. Prof. Sutapa Mukherjee
Associate Professor Mukherjee is a respiratory and sleep physician and researcher. Her qualifications include MBBS, FRACP (Respiratory Medicine and Sleep) and PhD. Her initial research career focused on respiratory epidemiology yet her thesis was on gene therapy of lung malignancy which involved immunology and cancer gene therapy. Subsequently she undertook her postdoctoral Fellowship on occupational epidemiology at Harvard School of Public Health in 2000 and was successful at attracting US grant funding.
After returning to Perth in 2003 she worked clinically and was instrumental in developing and leading the Western Australia Sleep Health Study. In 2011 she was appointed to the University of Toronto (Assistant Professor) and Clinical Lead of the Ontario Health study (a population-based health study which was able to recruit over 230,000 participants with her leadership). She was able to combine research with clinical work (respiratory and sleep physician at Women’s College Hospital).
On return to Australia in 2014 she works clinically as a sleep and respiratory physician and is an Assoc Prof in Respiratory and Sleep Medicine at Flinders University. She has worked as a sleep epidemiologist for over 10 years and her main areas of interest are sleep genetics, sleep epidemiology including Sleep Health and gender differences in sleep apnoea.
She has a unique internationally recognized skill set based on excellent clinical skills; an ability to operationalize large cohort studies to collect high quality epidemiologic data; and strong leadership with a collaborative and inclusive approach. She has been successful in obtaining international grant funding and publishing in high impact journals.
She was elected as President of the Australasian Sleep Association in October 2021 and has been Co-Chair of the Guideline Leadership Group of the National Covid-19 Clinical Evidence Taskforce since April 2020.