Researcher biography

Dr. Edward Narayan: Champion of Animal Welfare and Conservation Physiology

In the vast realm of animal science and conservation, Dr. Edward Narayan stands as a luminary figure, shaping the course of research and championing the cause of wildlife and animal well-being. His remarkable journey, marked by unwavering dedication and groundbreaking contributions, has earned him a place of honor in the world of academia and beyond.

Edward's academic odyssey commenced with a profound commitment to unravel the mysteries of the natural world. Armed with unyielding determination and an insatiable curiosity, he embarked on his educational voyage at the University of the South Pacific, where he earned a prestigious Ph.D. in Biology. Here, he laid the foundation for his pioneering work in non-invasive reproductive and stress endocrinology tools for amphibians. Driven by a relentless pursuit of knowledge, Edward spearheaded the development and validation of non-invasive enzyme immunoassays, unlocking the secrets of the reproductive hormonal cycles and stress hormone responses of these fascinating creatures. His groundbreaking work heralded a new era in our understanding of amphibian physiology.

Edward's academic brilliance was evident from the very beginning, as he was awarded the Gold Medal for his undergraduate Bachelor of Science degree, a testament to his exceptional prowess in both Biology and Chemistry. But Edward's journey was far from over; it was merely the prologue to an illustrious career.

What sets Dr. Edward Narayan apart is his international flair and a global perspective that transcends borders. His postdoctoral research fellowships took him to institutions across four countries: New Zealand, Australia, India, and Canada. Each destination enriched his knowledge and honed his expertise, adding diverse dimensions to his academic repertoire.

In 2010, Edward joined Griffith University in Queensland, Australia, where he began a groundbreaking research program on the Conservation Physiology of wildlife. His dynamic career research platform encompasses a wide spectrum of themes, including comparative vertebrate physiology, stress endocrinology, reproductive endocrinology, animal health and welfare, and conservation biology. Edward's research has yielded remarkable insights into the physiological impacts of pathogenic diseases on amphibians, the effects of environmental stressors on their health, and innovative tools for monitoring stress hormones in marsupials.

Edward's commitment to education and mentorship is equally profound. Over the years, he has supervised over 50 undergraduate special topics, Honours, Masters, and Ph.D. students. His influence transcends national boundaries, as he actively collaborates with researchers worldwide, from India to Spain, from France to Argentina, and from Vietnam to Brazil. His reach extends to diverse fields of animal science, impacting the global community.

In the realm of academia, numbers often speak louder than words. Dr. Edward Narayan's Scopus H-Index of 25, with 1815 citations and 109 scientific publications, is a testament to the profound impact of his research. His insights have reached a broad audience, with contributions in various prestigious journals and magazines.

Edward's current research program seeks to bolster animal resilience through a multifaceted approach, involving physiology, behavior, and management practices. He is at the helm of the Stress Lab and holds the position of affiliate Senior Research Fellow of the Queensland Alliance of Agriculture and Food Innovation (QAAFI). His dedication extends to practical applications, forging connections with livestock farmers and wildlife conservation groups across Australia. Currently, his focus is on Merino sheep and koala welfare improvements through industry-funded research.

Beyond the academic sphere, Edward is a beacon of ethical and humane treatment of animals. He was honored with the 2016 Young Rural Innovator Award, with funding received from Meat and Livestock Australia, for his work on stress and shade in spring lamb meat quality.

As if his academic and research achievements were not enough, Edward's devotion to animal welfare and conservation extends to his role as a Category B member of the UQ Animal Ethics Committee (NEWMA). He also represents the University of Queensland as a LINK member for the Universities Federation of Animal Welfare (UFAW).

Dr. Edward Narayan's life story is one of tireless dedication, boundless curiosity, and unwavering commitment to the well-being of animals. His journey from a curious student in the South Pacific to an internationally renowned figure in the field of animal science is a testament to the power of passion and the pursuit of knowledge. Edward's legacy is etched in the annals of animal science, where he continues to make a profound impact on the world of conservation and animal well-being.

International Engagement

Dr Edward Narayan is leading UQ's engagement through the $13M Euro ClearFarm Research in Europe.

UQ joins €13m project to bring technology to livestock sector

In 2023, Dr Narayan also organised and Chaired the 38th Australia and New Zealand Society for Comparative Physiology and Biochemistry (ANZSCPB) conference at the UQ, Gatton campus.

UQ Gatton hosts successful 38th ANZSCPB Conference

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