Associate Professor Srdjan Vlajkovic




PhD, Neuroscience, University of Belgrade

MSc, Immunology, University of Belgrade

MBChB, General medicine and surgery, University of Belgrade



University of Auckland – Senior Lecturer

University of Auckland – Senior Research Fellow

Harvard University – visiting scientist

University of Auckland – Research Fellow

Immunology Research Centre, University of Belgrade – Research Fellow

Emory University (Atlanta) – Postdoctoral Fellow


Research | Current

Srdjan's principal research interest is in the field of Auditory Neuroscience. His research focus is on molecular mechanisms of sensorineural hearing loss and development of inner ear therapeutics. His programme of research incorporates a series of projects that directly investigate the role of adenosine and ATP signalling in the development of cochlear injury and adaptation to noise. His research has contributed to current understanding of the role of adenosine receptors in repair of cochlear injury and restoration of hearing. His translational research in this area has implications for the treatment of several forms of sensorineural hearing loss, such as those induced by exposure to noise, ototoxic drugs, cochlear implantation and ageing.

Research collaborations

  • Principle collaboration with Professor Peter Thorne 
  • International collaborators: Professors Gary Housley (University of New South Wales, Sydney), Detlev Boison (Portland, USA), Simon Robson  (Harvard University) 

Research interests

  • Auditory neuroscience
  • Hearing
  • Hearing loss
  • Inner ear therapeutics
  • Adenosine receptors
  • Purinergic signalling
  • Neuroprotection
  • Drug delivery to the inner ear

Postgraduate supervision

Current PhD students:

Principal supervisor:

1.     Hao Chang “Adenosine Amine Congener as a cochlear rescue agent after acoustic trauma”

2.     Shelly Lin “The role of extracellular nucleotides in the maintenance of sensory hair cells in the cochlea”

3.     Winston Tan “Cochlear inflammation: mechanisms and therapies”



4.     Michael Bergin “A model of the surgical forces on the middle ear and associated effects on the inner ear” 

5.     Rashika Karunasinghe “Hypoxic spreading depression (HSD) in the Substantia Nigra”

6.     Nishani Dayaratne “Role of oxidative stress and mitochondrial function in cochlear tissue


Editorial Board member:

International Archives of Communication Disorders, Member of the Editorial Board

Journal of Neuroscience and Cognitive Studies, Member of the Editorial Board

Journal of Neurology and Therapeutics, Member of the Editorial Board

International Journal of Otolaryngology, Member of the Editorial Board

BioMed Research International, Guest Editor



  • Associate Professor
  • Principal Investigator, Auckland Auditory Neuroscience Group

Areas of expertise

Auditory Neuroscience, purinergic signalling

Committees/Professional groups/Services

2016-present     Departmental graduate advisor for doctoral students

2016-present     NZ representative, Australian Neuroscience Society Council

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

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  • Vlajkovic, S. M., Ambepitiya, K., Barclay, M., Boison, D., Housley, G. D., & Thorne, P. R. (2017). Adenosine receptors regulate susceptibility to noise-induced neural injury in the mouse cochlea and hearing loss. Hearing Research, 345, 43-51. 10.1016/j.heares.2016.12.015
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Meagan Barclay, Peter Thorne
  • Chang, H., Telang, R. S., Sreebhavan, S., Tingle, M., Thorne, P. R., & Vlajkovic, S. M. (2017). Pharmacokinetic Properties of Adenosine Amine Congener in Cochlear Perilymph after Systemic Administration. BioMed Research International, 201710.1155/2017/8091462
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Malcolm Tingle, Ravi Telang, Peter Thorne, Sree Sreebhavan
  • Karunasinghe, R. N., Grey, A. C., Telang, R., Vlajkovic, S. M., & Lipski, J. (2017). Differential spread of anoxic depolarization contributes to the pattern of neuronal injury after oxygen and glucose deprivation (OGD) in the Substantia Nigra in rat brain slices. Neuroscience, 340, 359-372. 10.1016/j.neuroscience.2016.10.067
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Janusz Lipski, Ravi Telang, Gus Grey, Rashika Karunasinghe
  • Tan, W. J. T., Thorne, P. R., & Vlajkovic, S. M. (2016). Characterisation of cochlear inflammation in mice following acute and chronic noise exposure. Histochemistry and Cell Biology, 146 (2), 219-230. 10.1007/s00418-016-1436-5
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Peter Thorne
  • Bergin, M. J., Bird, P. A., Vlajkovic, S. M., & Thorne, P. R. (2015). High frequency bone conduction auditory evoked potentials in the guinea pig: Assessing cochlear injury after ossicular chain manipulation. Hearing Research, 330A, 147-154. 10.1016/j.heares.2015.10.009
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Peter Thorne
  • Morton-Jones, R. T., Vlajkovic, S. M., Thorne, P. R., Cockayne, D. A., Ryan, A. F., & Housley, G. D. (2015). Properties of ATP-gated ion channels assembled from P2X2 subunits in mouse cochlear Reissner’s membrane epithelial cells. Purinergic Signalling, 11 (4), 551-560. 10.1007/s11302-015-9473-4
  • Nishani Dayaratne, M. W., Vlajkovic, S. M., Lipski, J., & Thorne, P. R. (2015). Putative role of border cells in generating spontaneous morphological activity within Kölliker's organ. Hearing research, 330A, 90-97. 10.1016/j.heares.2015.06.017
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Janusz Lipski, Peter Thorne, Nishani Lim
  • Dayaratne, M. W., Vlajkovic, S. M., Lipski, J., & Thorne, P. R. (2014). Kölliker's Organ and the Development of Spontaneous Activity in the Auditory System: Implications for Hearing Dysfunction. BioMed Research International, 2014 (367939)10.1155/2014/367939
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Janusz Lipski, Nishani Lim, Peter Thorne


Contact details

Primary office location

M&HS BUILDING 502 - Bldg 502
Level 4, Room 401D
New Zealand

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