Associate Professor Michael J. Farrell

PhD, MSc, BAppSc (Phy)

MRI Research

Conjoint Appointment Monash Biomedical Imaging

Telephone:+61 3 9905 6094


A/Prof Michael Farrell trained and worked as a Physiotherapist before starting his research career. Recipient of a NHMRC Neil Hamilton Fairley Fellowship, Michael completed a postdoc in the lab of Richard Gracely at the National Institutes of Health before returning to Melbourne and joining the Howard Florey Institute in 2003. Leader of the Interoception Imaging team at the Florey, Michael was also a C.R. Roper Fellow at the University of Melbourne. He joined the Department of Medical Imaging and Radiation Sciences at Monash University as an Associate Professor in 2014.

Michael uses functional brain imaging techniques including positron emission tomography, functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) and perfusion-fMRI to investigate the human brain control of sensations and regulatory responses that arise from signals inside the body. The interoceptive processes that Michael has investigated include thirst, drinking, pain, cough, urge-to-cough, temperature sensations and thermoregulatory responses.