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Dr Svetlana Postnova

Academic Node Representatives

University of Sydney

Dr Svetlana Postnova leads the Chronophysics Group in the School of Physics, University of Sydney. Her interests are in brain dynamics and interaction between the brain, body, and environment. Specific topics include sleep-wake cycles, cognition, and circadian rhythms. She uses methods from physics, mathematics, and data science to develop quantitative models of brain dynamics and unify those with experimental data with the aim to explain mechanisms and design tools for health monitoring and disease prevention.

Dr Postnova developed models of sleep and alertness and translated those into tools for applications in shiftwork management (e.g., see She is a co-leader of the Occupational Health program at ASAC, and a co-chair of the Computational Nanomedicine cluster at the NanoHealth Network at Sydney Nano.