Elena Schneider-Futschik laboratory

Research Overview

View Dr Schneider Futschik's latest PubMed publications listing here.


We are interested in combining lung health and pharmacology, specifically cystic fibrosis, asthma, lung infection and lung inflammation. Our innovative research program seeks to identify how respiratory drugs move (pharmacokinetics, PK), work (pharmacodynamics, PD) and interact in the human body, and uses this information to optimise efficacy.

Our inter-linked research themes are:

  1. Understanding the treatment challenges associated with drug-drug interactions in respiratory disease
  2. Investigating how the prolonged exposure to bacteria induces tolerance
  3. Understanding the crosstalk between respiratory drugs and lung infections and inflammation
  4. Safety of respiratory drugs during pregnancy and breastfeeding


Previous Staff

  • Dr Marsha Tan
  • Dr Mao Pu
  • Rafah Allobawi

Current students:

  • Danni Li (Honours)
  • Antonia-Tong Wu (Honours)
  • Yimin Zhu (Honours )
  • Ming Jiang (BIOM30003 )

Previous students:

  • XiaoXuan Han Harry (Masters)
  • Ngoc Chau Phung (BIOM30003)
  • Kiera Harwood (Honours)
  • Fiona Qiu (Honours)
  • Drishti Ghelani (Honours)
  • Fan Frank Chen (Masters)
  • Adil Hanif (Masters)
  • Xiaohan Hu (Masters)


  • Professor John Wilson, The Alfred Hospital
  • Associate Professor Gauri Rao, UNC
  • Dr Jane Bourke, Monash University
  • Professor Gary Anderson, University of Melbourne
  • Dr Felisa Reyes-Ortega, Granada University
  • Professor Isabelle Sermet-Gaudelus, INSERM Paris
  • Professor Claire Wainwright, Health QLD
  • Mrs Clare Walter, Climate Energy College Melbourne
  • Dr Martin Donnelley (The University of Adelaide)
  • Associate Professor David Parsons (The University of Adelaide)
  • Dr Mark Habgood, University of Melbourne
  • Dr Andrew Jarnicki, University of Melbourne
  • Dr Rachel McQuade, University of Melbourne


2019-2022 NHMRC Peter Doherty Fellowship. Systems pharmacology of cystic fibrosis transmembrane regulator correctors and potentiators. EK Schneider

Research Opportunities

This research project is available to PhD students, Honours students, Master of Biomedical Science to join as part of their thesis.
Please contact the Research Group Leader to discuss your options.

Research Publications

Scientific advocacy

2019: Expert Position Statement on health-based standards for Australian regulated thresholds of nitrogen dioxide, sulfur dioxide and ozone in ambient air. Published: Lung Foundation Australia

Research Projects

For project inquiries, contact our research group head.

Faculty Research Themes

Infection and Immunology

School Research Themes

Cardio-Respiratory, Therapeutics & Translation

Key Contact

For further information about this research, please contact Head of Laboratory Dr Elena Schneider-Futschik

Department / Centre

Biochemistry and Pharmacology , Lung Health Research Centre

Unit / Centre

Elena Schneider-Futschik laboratory

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