DR Sam John

DR Sam John


  • Biomedical Signal Processing
  • Bionic Vision
  • Electronic Design
  • Medical Bionics
  • Nervous disorders and Rehabilitation
  • Neural Prostheses
  • Sensory deficit and Rehabilitation



  • Sam John is an Research Fellow in the Department of Biomedical Engineering with a honorary appointments in the Department of Medicine at the University of Melbourne. In addition he also has honorary appointment at the Royal Melbourne Hospital and the Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health. He has a passion for taking technology from the Lab to people who need it most.
    His primary research involves developing next generation implantable neural prostheses that interact with the the nervous system. Dr. John's research draws from his background in medical electronics, electrical and electronic engineering and systems neurophysiology. He has significant experience in cochlear implants, bionic eyes and brain machine interface.
    His current work aims to bring ground breaking endovascular neural interface toward restoring lost motor and sensory function due to paralysis as well as in the diagnosis, prediction and management of epilepsy without the need for an open brain surgery.



Member of

  • Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). Member 2010 -


Selected publications


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Education and training

  • PhD, La Trobe University 2013
  • MEng, La Trobe University 2007
  • BEng, Visvesvaraya Technological University 2005

Awards and honors

  • Outstanding Post Doctoral Researcher, School of Chemical and Biomedical Engineering (2018), 2018
  • Exceptional Poster award, 3nd International Conference on: Medical bionics, Melbourne Materials Institute, 2013
  • Best Poster award, 2nd International Conference on: Medical bionics, Bionics Institute, 2011
  • Postgraduate Student Travelling Fellowship, Harold Mitchell Foundation, 2011
  • International Postgraduate Research Scholarship, La Trobe University, 2009
  • International Full Fee Remission Scholarships, La Trobe University, 2009


Available for supervision

  • Y

Supervision Statement

  • We offer several multidisciplinary research projects relating to bionics, neural prostheses and brain computer interfaces for students in Physics, Engineering, Mathematics, Neurosciences, Psychology, Computer Science or related fields.