Lavender Otieno

Ms Lavender Otieno

Higher Degree by Research Candidate

PhD Student

Adelaide Medical School

Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences


Lavender Otieno is a PhD candidate in the Adelaide Medical School under the supervision of Dr Simran Sidhu and Associate Professor John Semmler.

Her research interests include: Understanding the neural mechanisms that govern fatigue; Investigating whether these mechanisms alter with ageing; Understanding the impact of fatigue on motor task performance and investigating possible interventions that can be used to override the negative effects of fatigue with ageing.

Fatigue limits our ability to perform everyday tasks. We understand little about the brain areas involved in the development of fatigue during human locomotor movements, and the impact of centrally driven fatigue on movements that are vital for interaction with our environment. Having a comprehensive understanding of the neural mechanisms and interactions that occur between the components in the brain during exercise is critical to establish the anatomical sites of intervention that will result in the most effective functional outcomes. In many social and economic contexts, including vehicle driving, manual industrial operations and defence, physical fatigue has an important influence on cognitive and motor performance during goal directed movements. Furthermore, exercise intolerance remains quite high in advancing age. To improve human work productivity, both the neurophysiological and psychophysical aspects of fatigue must be addressed. 

Project 1: 

Title and Description: AGE-RELATED CHANGES IN GABA-MEDIATED INHIBITION WITH FATIGUING SINGLE JOINT EXERCISE

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  • Appointments

    Date Position Institution name
    2018 Higher Degree by Research Candidate University of Adelaide
  • Awards and Achievements

    Date Type Title Institution Name Country Amount
    2019 Award 2019 Best Poster Presentation Award 2019 ANS Sensorimotor Symposium Australia 100
    2018 Scholarship Adelaide Graduate Research Scholarships University of Adelaide Australia
    2017 Achievement Class I honours award University of Adelaide Australia
    2016 Scholarship 2016 Summer Research Scholarship University of Adelaide Australia
    2014 Award 2014-2016 Faculty of Science Outstanding Academic Achievement Award University of Adelaide Australia
  • Education

    Date Institution name Country Title
    2017 - 2017 The University of Adelaide Australia Honours Degree in Bachelor of Health and Medical Sciences
    2014 - 2016 The University of Adelaide Australia Bachelor of Science (Biomedical Science)
  • Research Interests

Assist with course demonstration during practical classes.

Current course teaching (assistance)

  1. Human Motor Behaviour and Learning (HLTH SC 3201; Semester 2)
  2. Research Placement Part 1 (HLTH SC 3009A; Semester 1 & 2)
  3. Research Placement Part 2 (HLTH SC 3009B; Semester 1 & 2)
  • Position: PhD Student
  • Phone: 83139178
  • Email: lavender.otieno@adelaide.edu.au
  • Campus: North Terrace
  • Building: Helen Mayo South, floor S4
  • Room: S4 27.01
  • Org Unit: Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences

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