Dr Mageswary Sivalingam

Assistant Lecturer

Jeffrey Cheah School of Medicine & Health Sciences

Email:  mageswary@monash.edu
Tel: +603-5514 6137
Office: Room 3-3-04
Tel: +603-5514 46137

ORCID ID: orcid.org/0000-0001-9048-4472

Profile Summary

Dr Mageswary Sivalingam joined Monash University Malaysia as an assistant lecturer in June 2019. She completed her PhD in Neuroscience from Monash University and during her PhD, she studied on the mechanism of a neuropeptide in facilitating morphine mediated impairment of fear memory consolidation using Zebrafish. Prior to her PhD she was involve in various research projects in the field neuroscience using fish as a research model employing morphology techniques. She received her MSc from University Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM) in 2012 and BSc (Hons) from University Science Malaysia (USM) in 2005. Her academic qualifications and training are in neuroscience, molecular biology and molecular morphology. Her research interests involve negative emotion and related psychiatric disorder such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), depression, and it’s associated neurodegenerative disease.


BSc (Hons) in Microbiology, School of Science, University Science Malaysia, Penang, Malaysia (2005).

MSc in Molecular Biology, Institute of Molecular Biology UKM (UMBI), University Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM), Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (2012).

PhD in Neuroscience, Brain Research Institute (BRIMS), Monash University Malaysia, Selangor, Malaysia (2019).

Work Experience

June 2019 - present Assistant Lecturer, Monash University Malaysia, Jeffrey Cheah School of Medicine and Health Sciences, Brain Research Institute (BRIMS), Malaysia.

April 2015 - Dec 2018 Associate tutor – Monash University Malaysia, Jeffrey Cheah School of Medicine and Health Sciences, Malaysia

Nov 2009 - March 2015 Senior Technical Officer, Monash University Malaysia, Jeffrey Cheah School of Medicine and Health Sciences, Brain Research Institute (BRIMS), Malaysia.

June 2007 - Oct 2009 Graduate Research Assistant , Institute of Molecular Biology UKM (UMBI), University Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM), Malaysia

Dec 2005  -May 2007 Scientific Officer, Asian Institute of Medicine, Science & Technology (AIMST), Malaysia




Mee-Lee Looi, Mageswary Sivalingam, Nor Diana Husin, Fara Zela Mohd Radin, Raihana Mohamed Isa, Syed Zulkifli Syed Zakaria, Noor Hamidah Hussin, Hamidah Alias, Zarina Abd Latiff, Hishamshah Ibrahim, Rahman Jamal. 2011. Multiplexed genotyping of beta globin mutations with MALDI-TOF mass spectrometry, Clin Chim Acta, 2011. 412 (11-12): 999-1002 (ISI cited publication)

Mageswary Sivalingam, M.L. Looi, S.Z.S. Zakaria, N.H. Hussin, H. Alias, Z.A. Latiff, H. Ibrahim, R. Jamal. 2012. Molecular study and genotype-phenotype correlation of β thalassemia in Malaysia. International Journal of Laboratory Hematology. 34 (4): 377 - 382 (ISI cited publication).

Satoshi Ogawa, Kai We Ng, Xiaoyu Xue, Priveena Nair Ramadasan, Mageswary Sivalingam, Shuisheng Li, Haoran Lin, Xiaochun Liu, Ishwar Parhar. Thyroid Hormone Upregulates Hypothalamic kiss2 Gene in the Male Nile Tilapia, Oreochromis niloticus. Front. Endocrinol. 4:184. doi: 10.3389/fendo.2013.00184

Satoshi Ogawa, Mageswary Sivalingam, Jakob Biran, Matan Golan, Rachel Shalini Anthonysamy, Berta Levavi‐Sivan, Ishwar S Parhar (2016) Distribution of LPXRFa, a gonadotropin‐inhibitory hormone ortholog peptide, and LPXRFa receptor in the brain and pituitary of the tilapia. J Comp Neurol. 2016 Feb 24. doi: 10.1002/cne.23990

Kavinash Loganathan, Shogo Moriya, Mageswary Sivalingam, Ng Kai We, Ishwar Parhar (2017) Sequence and localization of kcnk10a in the brain of adult zebrafish (Danio rerio). J Chem Neuroanat. 2017 Oct 24; 86:92-99. doi: 0.1016/j.jchemneu.2017. 10.004.

Poster Presentation

Z. Abdul Latiff, M. Sivalingam, ML. Looi, ND. Husin, FZ. Mohd Radin, R. Mohd Isa, SZ. Syed Zakaria, NH. Hussin, H. Alias, H. Ibrahim, R. Jamal. Genotype- phenotype correlation in beta thalassaemia. Presented by Zarina Abdul Latiff at the 12th International Congress of Human Genetics/61st Annual Meeting of The American Society of Human Genetics. 11-15 October, 2011, Montreal, Canada.

Mageswary Sivalingam, Satoshi Ogawa and Ishwar S. Parhar.  Morphine exposure suppresses habenular  kisspeptin and mu opioid receptor gene expression in the zebrafish. The 2nd Malaysia Zebrafish Disease Model Workshop 2017, 2nd – 4th October 2017, Malaysia.

Mageswary Sivalingam, Priveena Nair Ramadasan, Satoshi Ogawa and Ishwar S. Parhar.  Potential interaction between kisspeptin and tachykinin in aversive respons. 8th Intercongress of the Asia and Oceania Society for Comparative Endocrinology, 8th-12th July, University of Sydney, 2018.

Research Grants

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