Vicky Staikopoulos

Vicky Staikopoulos

Laboratory Manager - RA

Adelaide Medical School

Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences

Vicky Staikopoulos.

Vicky is currently working as a post-doc within the Neuroimmunopharmacology Laboratory (School Medicine/ Faculty Health Sciences), headed by supervisor Prof. Mark Hutchinson. Vicky is also a member of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Nanoscale Biophotonics (Origins of Sensations biological theme).

Title of her PhD research project is: The role of nitroxyl (HNO) in neuropathic pain signalling and development of morphine tolerance.

Prior to starting her PhD, Vicky worked in a similar capacity within various labs from the Universities of Adelaide and Melbourne for the last 16 years.


Vicky Staikopoulos is a Early Career Researcher within the Adelaide Medical School and a member of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Nanoscale BioPhotonics.

Dr Staikopoulos returned to the University of Adelaide in 2010 as a Research Assistant with Associate Professor Elizabeth Beckett's team before joining the Neuroimmunopharmacology research laboratory, headed by Prof Mark Hutchinson, in 2012. From 2003 to 2010 Vicky worked in the Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology under Prof John Furness and Drs Ernie Jennings and Martin Stebbing at the University of Melbourne, Victoria. Here she worked on projects focused on understanding neural mechanisms driving migraine and chronic pain within the central nervous system. 

Vicky's work has contributed to several journal publications and referred conference proceedings on various areas of research. 

After many years working as a Research Assistant providing support and training to students and teaching laboratory techniques ranging from small animal surgeries to immunofluorescent staining and imaging, Vicky enrolled in a PhD research program with Prof Mark Hutchinson and A/Prof Elizabeth Beckett. The research carried out during this time was done in collaboration with Chemists, Physicists and Biologists based locally, interstate and overseas who are part of the broader CNBP community. 

Her thesis titled: "The role of nitroxyl in the development of neuropathic pain" was completed in 2019. 

Vicky currently works with Prof Robert McLaughlin and his Miniprobes team based at the University of Adelaide. 

Work carried out during this PhD is being funded by an Australian Postgraduate Award and the ARC Centre of Excellence for Nanoscale Biophotonics.



  • Position: Laboratory Manager - RA
  • Phone: 83134566
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  • Campus: North Terrace
  • Building: Helen Mayo South, floor S5
  • Room: S5 13A
  • Org Unit: Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences

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