Associate Professor Srdjan M 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)

  • Floc'h JL, Tan, W., Telang, R. S., Vlajkovic, S. M., Nuttall, A., Rooney, W. D., ... Thorne, P. R. (2014). Markers of cochlear inflammation using MRI. Journal of Magnetic Resonance Imaging, 39 (1), 150-161. 10.1002/jmri.24144
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Ravi Telang, Peter Thorne, Beau Pontre
  • Vlajkovic, S. M., Lin, S. C. Y., Wong, A. C. Y., Wackrow, B., & Thorne, P. R. (2013). Noise-induced changes in expression levels of NADPH oxidases in the cochlea. Hearing Research, 304, 145-152. 10.1016/j.heares.2013.07.012
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Peter Thorne, Shelly Lin
  • Tan, W. J. T., Thorne, P. R., & Vlajkovic, S. M. (2013). Noise-induced cochlear inflammation. World Journal of Otorhinolaryngology, 3 (3), 89-99. 10.5319/wjo.v3.i3.89
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Peter Thorne
  • Housley, G. D., Morton-Jones, R., Vlajkovic, S. M., Telang, R. S., Paramananthasivam, V., Tadros, S. F., ... Sivakumaran, Y. (2013). ATP-gated ion channels mediate adaptation to elevated sound levels. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 110 (18), 7494-7499. 10.1073/pnas.1222295110
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Ravi Telang, Peter Thorne
  • Yan, D., Zhu, Y., Walsh, T., Xie, D., Yuan, H., Sirmaci, A., ... Du, L. (2013). Mutation of the ATP-gated P2X2 receptor leads to progressive hearing loss and increased susceptibility to noise. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 110 (6), 2228-2233. 10.1073/pnas.1222285110
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Peter Thorne
  • Gunewardene, N., Guo, C. X., Wong, A. C. Y., Thorne, P. R., & Vlajkovic, S. M. (2013). Adenosine Amine Congener ameliorates cisplatin-induced hearing loss. World Journal of Otorhinolaryngology, 3 (3), 100-107. 10.5319/wjo.v3.i3.100
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Peter Thorne
  • Vlajkovic, S. M., Guo, C. X., Telang, R., Wong, A. C. Y., Paramananthasivam, V., Boison, D., ... Thorne, P. R. (2011). Adenosine kinase inhibition in the cochlea delays the progression of age-related hearing loss. Experimental Gerontology, 46 (11), 905-914. 10.1016/j.exger.2011.08.001


Contact details

Primary office location

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

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