Dr Rita Machaalani

Clinical Senior Lecturer
Medicine, Central Clinical School
Bosch Institute

D06 - Blackburn Building
The University of Sydney
NSW 2006 Australia

T: +61 2 9351 3851
F: +61 2 9550 3851

Research interests

Neuropathological changes in the Sudden Infant death Syndrome (SIDS) with specific focus on apoptosis and NMDA

PhD and Masters' project opportunities

Effects of smoking and preeclampsia on the nicotinic acetylcholine receptors (nAChR) in the placenta.   +

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2014 | 2013 | 2012 | 2011 | 2010 | 2009 | 2008


  • Machaalani, R., Ghazavi, E., Hinton, T., Waters, K., Hennessy, A. (2014), Cigarette smoking during pregnancy regulates the expression of specific nicotinic acetylcholine receptor (nAChR) subunits in the human placenta. Toxicology and Applied Pharmacology. 276(3), 204-212. [Abstract]


  • Machaalani, R., Hunt, N., Waters, K. (2013), Effects of changes in energy homeostasis and exposure of noxious insults on the expression of orexin (hypocretin) and its receptors in the brain. Brain Research. 1526, 102-122. [Abstract]
  • Hunt, N., Waters, K., Machaalani, R. (2013), Orexin receptors in the developing piglet hypothalamus, and effects of nicotine and intermittent hypercapnic hypoxia exposures. Brain Research. 1508, 73-82. [Abstract]
  • Bejjani, C., Machaalani, R., Waters, K. (2013), The dorsal motor nucleus of the vagus (DMNV) in sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS): Pathways leading to apoptosis. Respiratory Physiology & Neurobiology. 185(2), 203-210. [Abstract]


  • Tang, S., Machaalani, R., Waters, K. (2012), Expression of brain-derived neurotrophic factor and TrkB receptor in the sudden infant death syndrome brainstem. Respiratory Physiology & Neurobiology. 180(1), 25-33. [Abstract]


  • Machaalani, R., Say, M., Waters, K. (2011), Effects of cigarette smoke exposure on nicotinic acetylcholine receptor subunits α7 and β2 in the sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) brainstem. Toxicology and applied pharmacology. 257(3), 396-404. [Abstract]
  • Caldwell, P., Hensley, R., Machaalani, R., Cheng, A., Waters, K. (2011), How effective is adenoidectomy alone for treatment of obstructive sleep apnoea in a child who presents with adenoid hypertrophy?. Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health. 47(8), 568-571. [Abstract]


  • Machaalani, R., Gozal, E., Berger, F., Waters, K., Dematteis, M. (2010), Effects of Post-Mortem Intervals on Regional Brain Protein Profiles in Rats using SELDI-TOF MS Analysis. Neurochemistry international. 57(6), 655-61. [Abstract]
  • Machaalani, R., Kashi, P., Waters, K. (2010), Distribution of nicotinic acetylcholine receptor subunits alpha7 and beta2 in the human brainstem and hippocampal formation. Journal of chemical neuroanatomy. 40(3), 223-31. [Abstract]
  • Tang, S., Machaalani, R., Waters, K. (2010), Immunolocalisation of pro- and mature- brain derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) and receptor TrkB in the human brainstem and hippocampus. Brain research. 1354, 1-14. [Abstract]
  • Browne, C., Sharma, N., Waters, K., Machaalani, R. (2010), The effects of nicotine on the alpha-7 and beta-2 nicotinic acetycholine receptor subunits in the developing piglet brainstem. International journal of developmental neuroscience : the official journal of the International Society for Developmental Neuroscience. 28(0), 1-7. [Abstract]


  • Kashem, M., Sarker, R., Des Etages, H., Machaalani, R., King, N., McGregor, I., Matsumoto, I. (2009), Comparative proteomics in the corpus callosal sub-regions of postmortem human brain. Neurochemistry international. 55(7), 483-90. [Abstract]
  • Tang, S., Machaalani, R., Kashem, M., Matsumoto, I., Waters, K. (2009), Intermittent Hypercapnic Hypoxia Induced Protein Changes in the Piglet Hippocampus Identified by MALDI-TOF-MS. Neurochemical research. 34(12), 2215-25. [Abstract]
  • Machaalani, R., Say, M., Waters, K. (2009), Serotoninergic receptor 1A in the sudden infant death syndrome brainstem medulla and associations with clinical risk factors. Acta neuropathologica. 117(3), 257-65. [Abstract]


  • Tang, S., Machaalani, R., Waters, K. (2008), Brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) and TrkB in the piglet brainstem after post-natal nicotine and intermittent hypercapnic hypoxia. Brain research. 1232(1232), 195-205. [Abstract]
  • Machaalani, R., Waters, K. (2008), Neuronal cell death in the Sudden Infant Death Syndrome brainstem and associations with risk factors. Brain. 131(Pt 1), 218-228. [Abstract]
  • Machaalani, R., Makris, A., Thornton, C., Hennessy, A. (2008), Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor Receptor 1 (Flt1) and Apoptosis in the Preeclamptic Placenta and Effects of in vivo Anti-hypertensive Exposure. Hypertension in pregnancy : official journal of the International Society for the Study of Hypertension in Pregnancy. 27(4), 361-73. [Abstract]